Inside, the only Christmas themed strip was a humour one; Up-To-Date Kate. Looks like the artwork of Michael Barratt to me.
On the back page, another festive strip; Rosie Red Riding Hood.
A few years later, the issue of The Wizard dated December 25th 1976 promised a "ghostly tale for Christmas".
Inside, the story the cover related to, The Lightning Tree, actually had no festive element, but telling a ghost story was an old Christmas tradition so it was quite appropriate.
The back page of that issue of The Wizard was certainly festive, with the Christmas Crackers feature illustrated by Andrew Christine (later to draw the popular newspaper strips Beau Peep and A Man Called Horace).
Three years later, the 1979 Christmas issue of 2000AD and Tornado sported a Carlos Ezquerra cover...
Seven stories in that issue, but only one relating to the season: Tharg's Christmas Tale, again drawn by Ezquerra...
In 1982 the Christmas issue of Buddy featured Billy the Cat in a Santa outfit, delivering presents. Despite this, none of the interior pages had a festive theme. By the way, if you're thinking the "great news" announcement heralded a merger you'd be mistaken. It referred to Buddy getting a new look and a couple of new stories with the next issue.
A year later, the 24th December 1983 issue of Spike featured Charlie 'Iron' Barr dressed as Santa but there was little in the way of festive cheer inside. (I'll be taking a look at other issues of this comic soon.)
Christmas Day is fast approaching but there's a few more old Christmas comics to feature yet. Look out for another post soon!