18 Vintage Christmas Photos from the 1940s and 1950s That Will Make You Feel Warm and Nostalgic

Whether it’s the tinseled trees, the heartfelt gifts, or just the general kind-hearted and simple spirit of the times, no era captured the true essence of Christmas quite like the 1940s and 1950s.

1. The trees enshrouded in tinsel.
1. The trees enshrouded in tinsel.
2. The simple stockings hanging off the mantelpiece.
2. The simple stockings hanging off the mantelpiece.
3. The predictable gifts. Dolls for girls...
3. The predictable gifts. Dolls for girls…
4. ...and bicycles for boys.
4. …and bicycles for boys.
5. Failing that, a nice puppy will do.
5. Failing that, a nice puppy will do.
6. The beautifully illustrated postcards.
6. The beautifully illustrated postcards.
7. The good-natured advertisements.
7. The good-natured advertisements.
8. The traditional Christmas turkey.
8. The traditional Christmas turkey.
9. That cozy moment when everyone gathers together to read a Christmas classic.
9. That cozy moment when everyone gathers together to read a Christmas classic.
10. And the festive fun of caroling both indoors and out!
10. And the festive fun of caroling both indoors and out!
12. Sharing a polite peck under the mistletoe.
12. Sharing a polite peck under the mistletoe.

13. Or a romantic sleigh ride through the snow.
13. Or a romantic sleigh ride through the snow.
14. The joys of department store shopping.
14. The joys of department store shopping.

 

 

15. The holy silence of an empty street buried under snow.
15. USA, New Jersey, Passaic, Night winter scene on Jefferson Street
16. Getting to your neighbor's house by sled.
16. Getting to your neighbor’s house by sled.
17. Waiting eagerly for the postman to arrive with cards and gifts from relatives.
17. Waiting eagerly for the postman to arrive with cards and gifts from relatives.
18. And then, there's the one thing that never changes: The sense of wonder the holiday brings.
18. And then, there’s the one thing that never changes: The sense of wonder the holiday brings.

You might also like these vintage Norway Christmas postcards.

(via Country Living)

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