New Book to Mark 65th Anniversary of the Greatest Celebration in American History

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New book tells of the first Christmas celebration after World War II when Americans in towns across the nation pulled together in a fellowship of good will, spirituality and joyful exhuberance unlike any other time in the nation's history.

“The Christmas of 1945 was incredibly beautiful and embodied the sprit of Christmas in its purest sense.

It was the greatest celebration the nation had ever known. It drew people together in towns, cities and hamlets across the country and resulted in the greatest traffic jam the nation had known, prompting both the Illinois and Indiana governors to call out the National Guard. Matthew Litt captures the remarkable occasion that occurred 65 years ago in his forthcoming book, Christmas 1945.

It was the first Christmas after World War II, a Tuesday, prompting President Truman to initiate a four day Christmas weekend, a hiatus unique then, to the American culture. The military services had Operation Magic Carpet in play getting troops and sailors back home and when the pace quickened into Operation Santa Claus as the holiday approached, railroad terminals, bus stations and airports became jammed with people taking it in joyous stride. Americans reached out to each other, and with great good will and gratitude for war’s end, ignited a Christmas spirit that burst into a warm-hearted flame.    

“The Christmas of 1945 was incredibly beautiful and embodied the sprit of Christmas in its purest sense,” says author Matt Litt, “ War-time Christmas was a subdued, often colorless holiday. Separation, and fear for loved ones, repressed the usual feelings of joyfulness, and in 1945 gratitude replaced repression.”

It was a holiday in which churches were packed, families reunited and the less-fortunate provided for, much of it reported by local newspapers. Using its own reportage and the dispatches provided by the wire services, the press reported, and often generated, Christmas human interest stories that enabled Americans to share with their fellows, the warmth and spiritual nature of the day.

Author Matthew Litt is a practicing attorney, a member of the United States Supreme Court Historical Society and the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York. He has written numerous articles about the law and the American Federal age and had has led a historical research group covering the final days of Franklin D. Roosevelt. He resides in Chesterfield, New Jersey with his wife and child

Christmas 1945, 9781933909455, published by History Publishing Company LLC, Palisades, NY, will be in bookstores nationally on November 1, 2010.

Contact: Don Bracken, (Tel) 845-398-8161


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