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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Snowmen, mistletoe (smoochie smoochie anyone??), Christmas commercials (it’s not Christmas until Coca-Cola declares it), Christmas trees, Christmas food, Christmas presents, Christmas crafts, Christmas plates, Christmas napkins, Christmas sweaters, Christmas lights, Christmas FRENZY!!!

Because retailers are on their period every holiday. And consumer’s hormones get off the charts.


That’s me in a past life.

I’m not a Christmas person, as you can tell already, since I believe it has turned into more like an emporium of consumerism and forcing you to have dinner with relatives you secretly hate and they hate you back, plus why should I be forced to have dinner with people I see once a year anyway??


Anyone else can relate?

Is it because we’re in 2015 though? What if people in the 1920s had a different idea of how Christmas should be? Family dinners surely haven’t changed a lot since then, but what about everything else? Let’s have a look!

boy staring christmas window store

A boy staring a window store. The joy of getting a bicycle for Christmas or a choo choo train!

christmas window store

A beautifully and simply decorated storefront. And look at the prices for electric trains!!

1920sLionel50setR, huge train set

Wow, what a huge train those kids got there! A Lionel train set from a company that has been around for more than 115 years.

1921, family

An unidentified family in 1921.

christmas 1920, washington d.c.

Christmas in Washington D.C., 1920.

christmas 1921 James J. Davis family

The James J. Davis family in 1921.

1924boyerectorR, 1,000 toys in one

Founded captioned as “1,000 toys in one”, circa 1924.

Dickey family, 1923, Washington D.C.

The Dickey family, 1923 in Washington D.C.

macy's new york 1924

macy's new york 1925. According to the caption...

Macy’s New York, 1925.

Dorsey family, 1922

The Dorsey family, 1922. Lucky kid with so many presents!

George Barkhausen family, early 1920s.

Early 1920s, the George Barkhausen family. Never seen such a well-crafted and meticulous decoration before! Very impressive.

Volunteers of America, 1925.

Volunteers of America, 1925. Looks like a fun party, huh?

get the boy sth he wants!

Sport Mart, 1923 in Washington D.C. What the boys wanted? Bicycles! What they want now? PlayStations!!! (There is nothing wrong with that, it’s just a small proof of how times change…)

oldsdealer1921, chimney christmas

How cool is to wake up and find out that Santa gave you a car for X-mas?? 😀 A smartly decorated window of an old car dealership in 1921.

christmas in toledo, 1924

Christmas in Toledo, 1924. I want that dollhouse!!

These beautiful pictures derive from Ted’s Althof archive, which was made public in 2012. You can see more of his fantastic collection in CardBoard Christmas, where I found the pictures.

How do you feel about Christmas? Do you believe it has turned into more like buying than giving? Do you feel people in the 20s had better, simpler holidays than ours? Leave me a comment 🙂

A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and may the New Year begin on a prosperous note for all of us! ♥