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12 examples of Air Force holiday cheer

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  • By Sarah Swan
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Staff at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force searched the archives and found some examples of holiday celebrations and greetings from Airmen through the decades. As Christmas approaches, we hope you enjoy looking through these artifacts. Please keep our military members, especially those who are away from their loved ones, in your thoughts this holiday season and throughout the year.

Note: Click on each image to enlarge.

1) 1918 Christmas Carols booklet sent by the YMCA to members of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I

1918 Christmas Carols Booklet 1918 Christmas Carols Booklet

2) 1927 Christmas dinner menu of the 7th Observation Squadron and the France Field Band, Canal Zone, Panama

1927 Christmas Dinner Menu 1927 Christmas Dinner Menu

3) 1937 Christmas card signed by Gen. Frank M. Andrews, the commander of General Headquarters (GHQ) Air Force

1937 Christmas Card

4) 1944 Christmas message to all personnel of the Army Air Forces from Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold, Commanding General of the Army Air Forces

1944 Christmas Message

5) Christmas card signed by Lt. Col. James J. Brown, commander of American forces at RAF Gatow during the Berlin Airlift

Berlin Airlift Christmas CardBerlin Airlift Christmas Card

6) Menu for the 1956 Christmas dinner of the 36th Fighter (Day) Wing, Bitburg, Germany

1956 Christmas Dinner Menu1956 Christmas Dinner Menu

7) Air Force Museum Atlas missile decorated as Santa Claus, December 1965

Air Force Museum Atlas Missile in 1965

8) Christmas card from President and Mrs. Carter to Chief Master Sgt. Stanley Goodwin, a radio operator aboard Air Force One

Christmas Card from President and Mrs. Carter Christmas Card from President and Mrs. Carter

9) 1988 Christmas card from the maintenance crew of Air Force One

1988 Christmas Card1988 Christmas Card

10) Christmas card made and sent by an elementary school student to Col. John Ford during his service as a Combat Camera Commander in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm

Christmas Card from Elementary School StudentChristmas Card from Elementary School Student

11) Christmas card from the crew of Air Force One, 2000

2000 Christmas Card2000 Christmas Card

12) Christmas card from Lt. Col. John Marang to his coworkers at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force during his 2013 deployment to Bagram, Afghanistan

2013 Christmas Card2013 Christmas Card