The Voice of Christmases Past: Four Christmas-Themed Selections From the Archives


Who doesn’t like a trip down memory lane during the holidays?

To put a little pep in your Web-surfing Christmas step, we dug up a few treasures from our dusty, yellowing archives.

Here’s what Santa has pulled out of his journalistic sack for y’all:


  • A warmongering Vietnam-era Santa from 1965!
  • A keepsake from Reagan’s America of 1982!
  • A 1976 Christmas drag show at Rikers Island!
  • A hippie Christmas worship session from 1966!


Read on!

Here’s a vintage Jules Feiffer cartoon from the Voice‘s December 26, 1965, issue. “Mr. Santa Claus, sir, is it true that next Christmas you plan a drastic cutback in children’s book, kiddie car, and erector set appropriations?” Feiffer would win a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his Voice editorial cartoons.

The cover of our December 28, 1982, issue. The quintessentially NYC illustration is by Wes Goodwin, who created a cartoon series about homeless people for the Voice, titled “Streets.”

This image and the one below are the continuation of the Voice‘s December 28, 1982, cover feature, “Ronald Reagan’s Second Christmas,” authored by Alexander Cockburn and James Ridgeway.

From December 27, 1976: “The Gift of the Magistrate,” by Timothy Crouse. If the writer’s name looks familiar, treat yourself to a candy cane! Crouse authored The Boys on the Bus, about the journalists who followed the 1972 presidential campaign.

“A Loving Christmas in Greenwich Village,” by Marlene Nadle. “[O]n the last line, a boy in a front pew screamed, ‘Stop the war in Vietnam.’ He seemed as startled as the audience by his outburst. Then the applause began and grew….”

Nadle began her journalistic career at the Voice in 1963, and later moved on to bigger things.