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Nostalgic Christmas photos take us back to a magical bygone era

From chestnuts roasting on an open fire to twilight sledging and family carol singing, it seems like Christmas back in the day was a truly sentimental - and picturesque - affair. 

We've scoured the archives for the very best photos of festive scenes from a bygone era, whether that's decorating the Christmas tree with real candles or shopping for parcels tied with twine.

Come lose yourself in the wonderfully merry and moving world of Christmas as it was in the 1890s onwards...

Photos: Getty Images/Rex Features

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