Christmas time of course makes me think of Dave Berg cartoons from his reprint books of cartoons from Mad. I was 10 or so in the early '70s when these books came out, and these comics were from the early '60s. When he drew cartoons that took place at Christmas or New Year's parties, the men wore tuxedos with thin lapels and had these short haircuts, and the women wore these strapless ball gowns.
And all I could think of was: This is what life's going to be like when I'm a grownup.
The Christmas and New Year's parties I've been to since then have been awfully disappointing. I thought they would be something out of Mad Men, but no, just people in jeans and sweaters. Maybe I hang out with the wrong crowd.