100 vintage Christmas scenes so sweet and old-fashioned, you’ll wish you had a time machine

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vintage Christmas scenes so sweet and old-fashioned

VINTAGE CHRISTMAS SCENES FROM THE 1940s

Jim won’t need the wish-bone — they’ve got their Plymouth! (1947)

1947 Quaint Plymouth car Christmas scene


Wrapping the Christmas presents (1948)

1948 Christmas beer


A family Christmas celebration (1948)

1948 Christmas family


“Mother – you always pick the grandest things.” (1947)

1941 Christmas gifts coffee


New gold wristwatches… and a train! (1948)

1948 family christmas

 


Playing with the new toy train (1947)

1947 Coffee and trains


Cheers to the holidays (1947)

1949 Christmas beer


You don’t have to be a kid to love opening presents (1940s)

1940 The little lady for Christmas - silver

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Holiday shopping with mother (1948)

Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

“Holly Jolly Christmas”

Dec 20, 1948 Christmas gifts and soup


A charming snowy winter scene (1946)

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

“White Christmas”

Dec 23, 1946 Christmas snowy scene


Little girl with some coffee for Santa (1948)

Dec 20, 1948 Christmas girl Santa


VINTAGE CHRISTMAS SCENES FROM THE 1950s

Welcoming happy guests for the holidays (1957)

Welcoming guests for the holidays in 1957


Decorating a white Christmas tree in the 1950s

White Christmas tree in the 1950s


General Electric TV sets for Christmas, with a show starring Santa Claus (1950)

General Electric TV sets for Christmas from 1950


Taking the obligatory Christmas card photo (1954)

1954 Taking the Christmas photo


Sneaking a little beer in the kitchen (1950)

1950 Christmas beer in the kitchen


1950s family in their living room at Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go;
Take a look at the five and ten
It’s glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

1950s family in their living room at Christmas


A brand-new sewing machine for mom (1951)

1951 Christmas gift of a sewing machine


Surprise! A Nash car for a gift (1951)

1951 Nash car for a gift

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An old-fashioned holiday scene, complete with sleighs (1951)

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh

“Jingle Bells”

1951 Old-fashioned holidays


Ohhh Dad! It’s a Schwinn bike for Christmas (1951)

1951 Schwinn bike for Christmas


Christmas carolers (1952)

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

1952 Christmas carolers


Illustration of a Christmas buffet and house party (1953)

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

1953 - Quaint Christmas celebration, inside view


A brand new luggage set for the family (1957)

1953 Luggage for Christmas


Wrapping gifts and tying bows (1954)

1954 Christmas beer


Welcoming grandparents who bring presents (1954)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in every store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

 

1954 Welcoming guests with presents

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Kids and their dog in front of the fireplace (1955)

1955 Christmas kids and dog in front of the fireplace


Christmas mall shopping – up the escalator (1955)

1955 Christmas mall shopping escalator


Christmas toys and more for kids (1955)

1955 Christmas gifts for kids


Send a SANTAGRAM telegram this year! (1957)

1955 Christmas telegram


Wowe-e-e… A Schwinn Racer bike for Christmas! (1955)

1955 Schwinn bicycle for Christmas

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An excited boy with his stocking (1956)

“Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.” – Larry Wilde

1956 - An excited boy with Christmas stocking


Wrapping presents for the holidays (1956)

Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light gleams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

1956 Christmas - Hallmark wrapping paper


Father with a sleepy son after all the presents have been opened (1956)

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

1956 Christmas father with a sleepy son


A Christmas party with singers (1956)

1956 Christmas party


Wrapping holiday gifts in the living room (1956)
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1956 Christmas stairs home


The Christmas table all ready for the dinner (1956)

1956 Christmas table

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Reading all of the yellow holiday telegrams (1957)

1956 Christmas telegram


Putting up a Christmas leaf wreath (1957)

1957 Christmas wreath

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Using a new Kodak camera to take Christmas pictures (1958)

1958 - Taking Christmas pictures

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A Kodak Christmas (1959)

1959 A Kodak Christmas


Christmas carolers and Coke (1959)
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas
And a happy New Year!
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year.

1959 Christmas carolers and Coke

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Flocking the three… wreaths, branches and maybe the dog (1957)

1959 Christmas tree sprinkles


Everybody liked beer for Christmas (1950)

Beer for Christmas in 1950

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A very happy boy with a firetruck Christmas gift (1953)

Boy with firetruck Christmas gift in 1953


A Christmas party in 1953 with cards strung up and placed on the mantel

Christmas party in 1953 and there's beer

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Dad wrapping up packages with the kids (1950s)

Dad and kids with Christmas gift for mom in the 1950s


A girl wrapping piles of gift packages (1957)

Dec 1, 1958 Christmaswrap


How about a Christmas cup of coffee? (1956)

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things — not the great occasions — give off the greatest glow of happiness.” – Bob Hope

Dec 10, 1956 Coffee


Kids shopping for dad’s gift at the pharmacy (1955)

Dec 12, 1955 Christmas shop lighters


Relaxing over the holidays – how about a drink? (1957)

Dec 17, 1951 Christmas party

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Anyone for punch and snacks? (1956)

Dec 17, 1956 Christmas party table

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Christmas party drinks (1952)

Dec 22, 1952 Christmas party drinks


A quiet couple in front of the Christmas tree (1957)

1957 cedar chests


Excited to decorate the house for Christmas (1950)

Oh, ho, the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me
Have a holly, jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t hear
Oh by golly, have a holly
Jolly Christmas this year

“Holly Jolly Christmas”

Decorating for Christmas in 1950


Putting cards and gifts on the Christmas tree (1953)

Decorating the Christmas tree with gifts in 1953


A cute Christmas scene – wrapping gifts and making cookies (1957)

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie

Holiday fun and baking from 1953

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Peeking at the Christmas tree (1950s)

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Kids watching a 1956 Christmas party

Kids watching a 1956 Christmas party with 7-up

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Kids with Christmas treats in (1952)

Kids with Christmas treats in 1952


Mom and daughter with a watch as a gift (1950s)

Mom and daughter with a watch as a gift - 1950s


Christmas tree lights and shiny tinsel (1956)

Through the years
We all will be together
If the fates allow
So hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Nov 26, 1956 Christmas tree lights

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Christmas party with couples (1953)

Have a holly, jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

“Holly Jolly Christmas”

Christmas party with couples in 1953


Look – it’s a money order for Christmas! (1955)

Send a telegram for Christmas - 1955 (1)


Send a telegram for Christmas – Holiday greetings from Western Union (1955)

Send a telegram for Christmas - 1955 (2)


Serving eggnog at a holiday party in 1956

Serving eggnog at a holiday party in 1956

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Taking a picture of the kids on Christmas morning (1957)

Taking a picture of the kids on Christmas morning in 1957

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Winter holiday dinner – Midcentury modern style

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

“Winter Wonderland”

Winter holiday dinner - Midcentury modern


Vintage Christmas scenes from the 1960s

Ready to put the tinsel on the tree! (1960)

1960 Christmas tree decorating


A very ’60s Christmas adults-only party

1960 Classic Christmas

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A grand staircase leading into the mansion’s living room (1961)

1961 Christmas scene and staircase


Holiday party – Opening the front door (1963)

1963 Holiday party - Opening the front door


Come on inside – Christmas at home (1966)

1966 Christmas


Christmas party at home (1967)

1967 Christmas party at home

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Pretty new presents (1967)

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope

1967 Christmas tree mom and daughter


Enjoying holiday parties (1967)

1969 christmas appetizers


A punchbowl full of eggnog (1968)

Bowl of eggnog at a Christmas party in 1968

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Drinks and appetizers for an elegant party at home (1962)

Christmas party in 1962


Cute crafty kids Christmas tree (1969)

Cute crafty kids Christmas tree 1969

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Cute little girls in bed waiting for Santa (1962)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there
The children were nestled all snug in their beds
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads

From “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” by Clement Clarke Moore

Cute little girls in bed waiting for Santa in 1962


Cute vintage Christmas scenes from 1964

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” – Andy Rooney

Cute vintage Christmas scenes from 1964 (1)


It’s a new board game! (1964)
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Cute vintage Christmas scenes from 1964 (2)


New skis for Christmas (1964)

Cute vintage Christmas scenes from 1964 (3)


Dad and daughter with Christmas treats (1964)

Dad and daughter with Christmas treats in 1964


Schwinn bikes for Christmas (1968)
His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow

From “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” by Clement Clarke Moore

Dec 1968 Schwinn bikes for Christmas


Vintage Christmas scenes: A family at home for Christmas (1964)

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
‘Tis the season to be jolly
Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la

“Deck the Halls”

Family at Christmas in 1964


Kids with Christmas toys (1964)

Kids with Christmas toys in 1964

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A little pink Christmas tree in 1960

Little pink Christmas tree in 1960


Vintage Christmas scenes from the 1970s

Home for the holidays (1972)

1972 Christmas home


Cute kids looking for Santa up the chimney (1972)

1972 Cute kids looking for Santa up the chimney

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Seeing what’s inside the Christmas stockings (1978)

Kids with Christmas stockings in 1978


Gifts for everyone! (1971)

Coleman Christmas Dec 10, 1971

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Kids and grandma making food (1971)
“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” – Peg Bracken

Kids and grandma making food for 1971 Christmas


A sweet little girl asleep under the tree (1976)

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Dec 1976 Christmas tree girl

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