Holiday traditions are a big part of what make these days cultural, spiritual and political markers. We decided to look into our older collections to see what we could find of the traditional Christmas past, year-end reviews and expectations for the New Year. Here's some of what we found.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
In 1897, an 8-year-old girl from the Upper West Side wrote to the New York Sun asking if Santa was real, and the response, heard here, became "the most reprinted newspaper editorial."
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Two vintage Christmas tree lightings.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
On Christmas Eve 1948, three lucky children flew to Montreal, where they met Santa Claus and escorted him back to New York to deliver presents to the City's children.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
In December 1942, just three years after the tree lighting spectacular at City Hall when one of Mayor La Guardia's children flipped a switch and instantly lit up 22 trees throughout the boroughs, strict wartime dimout regulations dictated how people in New York, New Jersey and Delaware celebrated the holiday season.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The first peacetime holiday season since 1940. Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia tells the Nativity story and urges New Yorkers to "resolve to live the spirit of Christmas."
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Throughout the 1940’s WNYC aired a program titled Pals of the P.A.L., a youth-oriented variety show in cooperation with the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.).
Thursday, December 23, 2010
In this 1945 WNYC broadcast, Austrian born Marie Lemmermeyer tells the “one true story of 'Silent Night'.”
Friday, December 23, 2011
On December 27, 1951, the Brownsville Boy's Club hosted 5,000 children to an inter-faith party at the 106th Regiment Armory in Brooklyn.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
"It is a year  that will try men's souls - not only the men who are fighting, but those who are at home and do not have the privilege of fighting."
Friday, December 30, 2011
On December 30, 1924, The New York Times radio listings* for WNYC included a remote broadcast from the Newspaper Club of New York. It was a children's Christmas party for the sons and daughters of newspaper men. The entertainment line-up included Marilyn Miller, the Duncan Sisters, The Singer Midgets, George Haas and his singing canaries, Betty Bronson, Toto, Bob Miller, Gedney and Magee, Winifred Toomey, Rachel Mastrota, Richard B. Gilbert, Sam Wooding's Orchestra and Teddy, the baby elephant. Who were they? Let's find out.
Wednesday, December 25, 1946
A sampling of Manhattan churches at Christmas
Sunday, December 24, 1944
The Met Opera's Lauritz Melchior joins Mayor La Guardia and the Queens College Chamber Ensemble and Collegiate Chorale.
Saturday, December 29, 1951
The last Christmas address from an ailing monarch to his people.
Thursday, December 16, 1965
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony dedicated to 'the boys in Vietnam."