Vintage Holidays

Classic Christmas Photos

From skiing with the Kennedys to tree trimming with Sophia Loren, it’s the time of year to remember holidays past. See pictures of Christmas through the years.

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From skiing with the Kennedys to tree trimming with Sophia Loren, it’s the time of year to remember holidays past. See pictures of Christmas through the years.

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Surfer Santa, 1978

Santa Claus surfs with Lisa Seconda in Florida on December 13, 1978.

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Rocking Rockettes, 1959

Rockette seamstress Leanne Mitchell takes the final measurements on the Rockettes' costumes at Radio City Music Hall.

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Santa’s Little Helper

An exhausted Father Christmas wearily answers another child's question on Dec. 19, 1953, at Harrod’s department store in London.

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Blue Christmas, 1960

Elvis Presley poses by a Christmas tree at his home in Memphis in 1960.

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Santa’s Little Helpers, 1960s

One Santa was a hit with the ladies on a beach in Miami in the early 1960s.

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Sleigh Ride, 1955

Santa and several children piled their sleigh with presents for a ride at the North Pole Workshop in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

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The Holly and the Ivy, 1971

At her villa in Rome on December 23, 1971, Sophia Loren decorated her tree—wearing head to toe Christian Dior.

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A Christmas Aquatic, 1968

Two of Santa's more alluring helpers decorated an underwater Christmas tree in a pool at Cypress Gardens, Florida, in 1968.

A Kennedy Christmas, 1961

The Christmas tree in the White House Blue Room gets a visit from a young Caroline Kennedy on Dec. 13, 1961, as she inspects it before a party for White House employees given by her parents. In the background are her aunt, Jean Kennedy Smith and cousin Stephen Smith, Jr.

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Waiting for Santa, 1955

Three children in pajamas looked out of their snow-covered window in 1955.

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Life’s a Beach

One woman planted a Christmas tree in the sand on the beach in St. Petersburg, Florida, in the 1960s.

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Skiing With Uncle Ted, 1964

John F. Kennedy Jr. got a ride from his his uncle Ted Kennedy on the slopes in Stowe, Vermont, in 1964.

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Sun Valley Serenade, 1951

Actress and competitive swimmer Esther Williams offers a Coke to her snowman in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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A Christmas Message, 1969

Water-skiers sent a message, “Merry Xmas and Happy New Year To Y’all,” in Cypress Gardens, Florida, in 1969.