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


LONDON, Nov. 19. — Britons approaching their first peacetime Christmas in seven years need a “victory, not an austerity, Christmas” this yr, together with “a bit of of that whisky that goes to America so recurrently,” in response to “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 really grateful, however by themselves they fall a great distance in need of 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 search out and simpler to pay for, and spare a bit of of that whisky, that goes to America so recurrently, 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 haven’t any encouragement that there will probably be luxuries and semi-luxuries sufficient to toughen their spirits.”

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