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1945: Britain Asks for Whiskey to Guarantee ‘Merry, Merry Christmas’


LONDON, Nov. 19. — Britons approaching their first peacetime Christmas in seven years desire a “victory, not an austerity, Christmas” this yr, together with “somewhat of that whisky that goes to America so often,” based on “The Each day Specific.”

The Minister of Meals, Sir Ben Smith, has been capable of present a bit extra sugar, sweets, fat and meats, the newspaper’s “public opinion” column mentioned. “For that we’re actually grateful, however by themselves they fall a great distance wanting making certain the merry, merry Christmas that the victorious British really feel they deserve.”

“A bottle of actual port is a standard Christmas deal with,” the newspaper continued. “Make it simpler to seek out and simpler to pay for, and spare somewhat of that whisky, that goes to America so often, for the properties of Britain.”

Regardless of victory in Europe six months in the past and world victory and world peace three months in the past, the article mentioned, “the folks of Britain don’t have any encouragement that there will likely be luxuries and semi-luxuries sufficient to improve their spirits.”

— The New York Herald Tribune, European Version, November 20, 1945.