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Yuletide Tales

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The holiday greeting above appeared in the December 1958 issue of Boys’ Life magazine and features characters from their regular color comics, including (front row, left to right) Rocky Stoneaxe, The Tracy Twins and Pee Wee Harris; (back row, left to right) Space Conquerors, Tono and Scouts in Action.

As we have documented in previous posts, The Tracy Twins was illustrated by Dik Browne from its debut in the October 1953 issue of Boys’ Life until he handed it over to other artists in the early 1970s. It was written and designed by Al Stenzel, an art director at the Johnstone and Cushing agency.
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Cash for Christmas

Hi and Lois Sunday page, December 11, 2005,

Hi and Lois Sunday page, December 11, 2005,

Thirsty always takes the easy way out when it comes to his responsibilities. But his solution to shopping efficiently is actually not a bad idea.

Many people, particularly teenagers, prefer to get money for Christmas. Gift cards are an option when a shopper has no idea what to give, or runs out of time. But these come with the obligation of having to make a purchase at a particular store or site. The problem is, giving cash conveys the message that not much thought went into the gift. No one wants to be perceived as a lazy present-giver.
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The Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, 2015.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, 2015.

The holiday season in New York City officially began on December 2 with the 83rd annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The seventy-eight-foot tall Norway Spruce was donated by Albert Asendorf and Nancy Puchalski from Gardiner, New York. Asendorf said the tree had been on his property since 1957.
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