December 25, 2015
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
Since then, I've managed to accumulate a pretty fair number of Christmas issues. Some of them are inevitably disappointing, given the direction television - and popular culture at large - had taken, even by the mid-70s. I don't believe I've written about this one yet, for example, even though I have two copies of it, from different markets. It's partly because I never warmed to the typography and layout of the '70s issues (this one being from 1974), partly because my own perception of Christmas changed as I grew out of being a kid, but there's no doubt that we see the day changing in the way it's covered by TV Guide. Certainly the picture on the cover says "Christmas," but even here it's not the fun, colorful iconography that one sees on earlier issues. Would I get rid of it, though? Not on your life!
Saturday (I hope), so I won't rehash the details, but this is such a happy cover - growing up in Minnesota, where there was rarely anything other than a White Christmas, it says everything about December and Christmas, the sparkle and brightness. I wish they made issues like this today, but I think it's a futile wish.
But today's not a day for fussing; it's for celebrating the most wonderful day of the year, and I couldn't think of a better way than this to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. See you tomorrow to start looking forward to the New Year!