Once Upon a Christmastime


Every country, town, and family who celebrates the Yuletide season have one or two photos that tell something interesting about Christmastime around a certain period. Let’s take a look at some vintage Christmas photos and see how they compare with today’s modern holiday scenes!

Have you ever wondered how the Holiday Season was like several decades ago, maybe even as far back as the early 1900’s? Christmastime in the last two to three decades past may not be very difficult to imagine, as most of us have family albums that can more or less remind us about them. But, it’s often not as easy when it comes to the the Yuletide celebrations at the turn of the 20th century.

How much has Christmas celebrations changed over such a long period of time? What was retained and which are those that we no longer see? We can take a look at some Vintage Christmas Ads for some ideas, but for good measure, I scoured the Internet for vintage Christmas photos. Without further ado, let me share with you some fascinating sights and stories, once upon a Christmastime!

IIt’s always delightful to look at photos of vintage store windows. Shops don’t look as enticing anymore, do you agree? Also, the last photo featuring authentic fur goodies on display would have been controversial, if PETA already existed by then!
How many of us still setup such elaborate Christmas Trees and decorations? Also, train models used to be one of the most coveted toys by children during Christmas.
If there’s anything that hasn’t and won’t ever change, it will always be the snapshot/s of the family celebrating Christmas. And of course, children opening their Christmas presents!
Wondering about what office Christmas parties were like? Well, here you go!
Lastly, some interesting photos featuring Santa Claus and other holiday scenes.

Photos were taken from Ramblings of a Gypsy Nomad, Papa Ted's Place, Vintage Christmas on Flickr, and Vintage Everyday.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-12-15 #lifestyle #retro #photos #tradition #vintage #holidays #christmas #lomography #vintage-photos #1920s #yuletide #analogue-lifestyle #christmas-2011


  1. melissajtest
    melissajtest ·

    I love the photo of santa feeding the reindeer! So good!

  2. bpvarona
    bpvarona ·

    The photo of Santa feeding the reindeer is indeed wonderful :) And I miss the train sets, we used to have one set up under the Christmas tree years ago.

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