They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but we’ve always got it right both on and under the covers. The great December cover tradition started in our first-ever issue, published in December of 1953, which featured iconic screen goddess Marilyn Monroe. And it didn’t stop there. Other notable December covers have included such luminary beauties as Lindsay Lohan (2011), Kim Kardashian (2007), Denise Richards (2004), Dita Von Teese (2002), Carmen Electra (2000) and Farrah Fawcett (1978), to name but a few.
And so, this year, to bring you good cheer, we're bringing out a selection of our favorite December covers from the Playboy archives. Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with these 12 knockout designs of Playboy past. Choose your favorite and, in the spirit of giving, remember to share the love.
Merry Christmas to all! And to all a great night.
DECEMBER 1953: MARILYN MONROE
DECEMBER 1957: PLAYMATES LINDA VARGAS & LISA WINTERS
DECEMBER 1960: PLAYMATE TEDDI SMITH
DECEMBER 1972: VARGAS GIRL
DECEMBER 1974: PLAYBOY MODEL ROBYN DOUGLASS
DECEMBER 1975: PLAYMATE NANCIE LI BRANDI
DECEMBER 1976: PLAYMATES ANN PENNINGTON & DEBORAH BORKMAN
DECEMBER 1985: PLAYBOY MODEL BARBI BENTON
DECEMBER 1993: PLAYMATE ERIKA ELENIAK
DECEMBER 1996: PLAYMATE JENNY MCCARTHY