Mayor's Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 26, 1950
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Party for over 200 of New York's underprivileged children, brought to City Hall by buses for "Christmas merry-making" from 5 area hospitals, one from each borough. Each received a boxed lunch, stocking, and Christmas hats, candy, and noisemakers. There is also a stack of "mysterious" Christmas packages. Music by Department of Sanitation Band. Unidentified reporter acknowledges the work of Colonel Edward Rickett. The children await the arrival of Santa while the reporter describes the decorations and entertainment. Mayor Impellitteri gives a speech, thanks the organizers and performers, and introduces Santa, who talks to the children and leads them in a Christmas song set to the tune of "Happy Birthday." A doctor talks briefly and the children sings the same Christmas song to Mrs. Impellitteri. Then the children are told to line up for presents. They ask questions about the reindeer. The reporter describes the chaotic scene.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 69629
Municipal archives id: LT525