It's a Wonderful Christmas - The Best of the Holidays 1940 -1965
by Susan Waggoner.
I love this book and it's not only a great and endearing read but it makes a nice table decoration, unto itself. it's chock-full of beautiful, full-color memorabilia. Ads, toys, postcards, food and lots of comparative prices from the time.
The inside cover reads:
Christmas has always been special. But the Christmases during and after World War II were just a little more special. Men stationed on palm-covered islands dreamed of snowmen and winter wonderlands. Home front families looked forward to the day when "home for keeps" would be a reality. And when that day finally came, the celebration was enormous. Christmas acquired a jubilant glow, a festive lavishness that persists to this day. From toy catalogs to Bubbler lights to Rudolph's bright red nose, a vast number of today's traditions date back to that special time. Bursting with visual icons and images, trimmed with sparkling and informative text, It's a Wonderful Christmas
celebrats the era in high style. If you've ever wondered how the tradition of department store Santa's got started, or what the all-time most popular Christmas song is, this is the place to look.It's a Wonderful Christmas
is for everyone who loves Christmas---and for everyone whom, "happy holidays" conjures memories of home movies, "The Chipmunk Song", glittering store windows, and Santa relaxing with and ice cold Coca-Cola. A must have to treasure, now and for years to come.
That about says it all!!!!!!
Check it out here....It's a Wonderful Christmas