Christmas Train Dazzles in Bogota, Columbia.

Bogotá, Colombia
A specially decked out tourist train is decorated with Christmas lights for the Bogata Christmas celebrations.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters.
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Santa Claus greets visitors to the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower, Melbourne.

Melbourne, Australia
A stuntman dressed as Santa Claus greets visitors to the Eureka Skydeck observation point, on the 88th floor of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne.
Image Credit: Photograph by James Ross/AAP
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Christmas Display brightens up St Isaac’s Cathedral, St Petersburg, Russia.

Photo: Christmas display in front of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg.
Image Credit: Photograph by © Sputnik/ Alexandr Demyanchuk
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A Pictorial History of Santa Claus – 1863.

1863: Detail from Thomas Nast’s illustration ‘A Christmas Furlough’ for the front page of a 1863 issue of Harper’s Weekly. Obviously crafted for the Union side of the American Civil War Conflict.
As time went by, more and more was added to the Santa Claus legend.
The cartoonist Thomas Nast established the bounds for Santa Claus’ current look with an initial illustration in an 1863 issue of Harper’s Weekly, as part of a large illustration titled “A Christmas Furlough”.
In later Nast drawings a home at the North Pole was added, as was the workshop for building toys and a large book filled with the names of children who had been naughty or nice.
via A Pictorial History of Santa Claus – The Public Domain Review

Christmas Lightshow in Debrecen, Hungary

Debrecen, Hungary
A long exposure image of a ferris wheel and Christmas decorations in Debrecen, east of Budapest.
Image Credit: Photograph by Zsolt Czegledi/EPA
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Vintage Photos show Children Celebrating Christmas, 100 Years Ago.

From lighting a real candle on the branch of an indoor Christmas tree, to a well-dressed family singing carols on a stairwell in the home, this lovely collection of nostalgic photos reveal how children from a bygone era celebrated the festive season.


A little girl and her Saint Bernard deliver a present at Christmas, circa 1910s.

Children carrying holly and mistletoe, London, December 1915.
See more wonderful Images via Lovely Vintage Photos Show How Children Celebrated Christmas More Than 100 Years Ago ~ vintage everyday