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1940s carmen, martha, and gobie williams

The Year We Had to Keep Santa’s Secret

My little sister, Martha, and I loved Christmas and Santa Claus, and our parents, “Gobie” ...

1950s Easter tradition: Giant Easter basket holds family memories

Giant basket provided special Easter tradition

An easter tradition since the 1950s, her family has taken a portrait by the giant holiday novelty since she was a girl....

1900s-1920s Vintage valentines through the decades

Vintage valentines through the decades

These vintage valentines—from the 1900s to the 1970s—keep the romance alive....

1970s Musical break caught Christmas carolers by surprise

Musical break surprised 1970s Christmas carolers

While caroling after a big snowstorm one Christmas, this family enjoyed a humorous moment they’ll never forget....

1980s Holiday movie 'A Christmas Story' turns 30

Holiday movie ‘A Christmas Story’ turns 30

Year after year, families gather and giggle at A Christmas Story. For the movie’s 30th birthday, its stars share memories from behind the scenes....

1950s The Santa Scheme

1950s Mom’s perfect Santa scheme

It took some conniving to turn a skeptical 9-year-old back into a Santa believer during Christmas in the 1950s....

1960s Bubbie's latkes were enjoyed quite a 'lot-ka'

Bubbie’s latkes were enjoyed quite a ‘lot-ka’

For Joanne Weintraub, grandma’s golden potato latkes were a reason to celebrate Hanukkah in the 1960s....

1950s Drink and Be Merry: Festive vintage soda ads

Drink and Be Merry: Festive vintage soda ads

Quench your thirst with these seasonal vintage soda ads from holidays past....

1940s Soldiers brought Christmas to refugees during World War 2

Soldiers brought Christmas to refugees during World War 2

John Jarvie learned the true meaning of Christmas in 1944, when his Army unit spent the holiday with refugees in Belgium....

1940s Dad's Christmas Tree Artistry

Dad was a 1940s Christmas tree artist

Before the tree went up on their 1940s Christmas, her father took several days to improve on what mother nature had started....