MERRY CHRISTMAS — And the Very Best for 2019 !

“The Holiday Season is a time of festivity and for a cup of cheer or two, but don’t endanger yourself or others as a result. Alcohol is a factor in more than half of all traffic accidents.”

CIA Declassified Holiday Safety Tips

“With our wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

John and Jacqueline Kennedy — Christmas Card (November 1963 / Never sent)

Tinker Tailor Soldier  Spy — Christmas party with John le Carré in right foreground

I wanted to take the time to send you my most sincere Christmas wishes. I hope you have a beautiful Holiday Season! Don’t forget to laugh!  And don’t forget those who need your help. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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The Agency employees’ enthusiasm for “cheer” is not its best-kept secret.

There were several unsuccessful attempts to ban alcohol entirely from holiday parties.

By 1984, attempts at enforcing mandatory sober shindigs had largely been abandoned.

But as a concession, a list of “Suggested Tips for Responsible Hosts and Hostesses” was now distributed to all department heads prior to their respective ragers.

PS/ I never know what to write on my Xmas card! Perhaps, I should follow John and jacqueline?

Before they departed to Texas on November 21 1963 , John and Jacqueline Kennedy had already selected and ordered their annual Christmas card: a 4 1/2- by 6 1/2-inch Hallmark card, custom made for them, bearing a color photograph of an 18th-century Neapolitan crèche that had been displayed in the East Room of the White House each year they had lived there.

The inside of the card featured an embossed seal of an American eagle holding an olive branch in one talon and arrows in the other.

The message inside read “With our wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Christmas Party scene

REFERENCES

The CIA’s declassified holiday safety tips — MUCKROCK

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MERRY CHRISTMAS — And the Very Best for 2019 !

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