Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

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

Related

5.jpg

Father Christmas in designer outfits

rexfeatures_3907573a.jpg

Cooking apps to help with a calm and organised Christmas day

7srk2fs-JA64ZKho_6UEHHiymma9fIpfXHkyxYOCILY.jpg

Single woman creates her own comedic solo Christmas cards

More

Thought-provoking illustrations reveal hidden secrets of strangers

The artist was met with “unexpected confessions”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 Aug 2017

The most annoying Tube habits, as ranked by irritated Londoners

“Could you move down, please?”

by Amy Swales
22 Aug 2017

These are the main reasons relationships end, according to a new study

...and the reasons couples stay together

by Megan Murray
22 Aug 2017

The new Great British Bake Off might be OK after all

The first episode has not bombed, we repeat: it has not bombed

by Amy Swales
22 Aug 2017

Woman claims she was fired for leaking during a heavy period at work

“Every woman dreads getting period symptoms when they're not expecting them, but I never thought I could be fired for it.”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 Aug 2017

Women football fans forced to show bras while being searched at match

Add this to your list of ‘things that are definitely not OK’

by Moya Crockett
22 Aug 2017

This prosecco advent calendar will have you waving goodbye to summer

We're suddenly very excited about Christmas

by Megan Murray
22 Aug 2017

Heartfelt letter on coping with an anxious partner goes viral

“Anxiety isn't a one size fits all, it isn't consistent and it isn't always easy to tell”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 Aug 2017

Why India banning instant divorce is a major victory for women

India’s Supreme Court has ruled against triple talaq, which allowed Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives.

by Moya Crockett
22 Aug 2017

Jennifer Aniston really isn’t happy about *that* Friends fan theory

She’s decided to put an end to the rumours, once and for all

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Aug 2017