Pictures of Christmas

Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present. From Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, 1843.

The Queen’s Christmas tree at Windsor Castle, published in the Illustrated London News, 1848, and republished in Godey’s Lady’s Book, Philadelphia, December 1850


The Examination and Trial of Father Christmas, (1686), published after Christmas was reinstated as a holy day in England




A Norwegian Christmas, 1846 painting by Adolph Tidemand




The Christmas Visit. Postcard, c.1910



Map of countries where Christmas is not a formal public holiday either on December 24-25 or January 6-7

A typical Neapolitan presepe or presepio, or Nativity scene. Local crèches are renowned for their ornate decorations and symbolic figurines, often mirroring daily life.

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Slide 41 of 101: In 1900, the world got a little sweeter when Milton Hershey unveiled his new milk chocolate Hershey's Bar. That same year, the hamburger was invented and would quickly rise to the top of the American food chain. Also in 1900, America entered the era of the automobile with the first major car show at New York City's Madison Square Garden—it would soon be a country on the move.


Slide 42 of 101: By 1901, America had been infatuated with baseball for quite some time, but that year the American League declared itself a Major League and America's pastime entered the modern National League/American League era. Also, a major oil discovery in Texas put the Lone Star State on the map as a global energy giant, but the year closed on a dark note. Theodore Roosevelt became president in the wake of yet another presidential assassination—this time, a bullet ended William McKinley's life.

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