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Women buy a Christmas tree in Paris, France. December 14, 1951
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Get in the holiday spirit with these vintage photographs

By Natalia Liubchenkova

With the holiday season hindered by restrictions on travel and gatherings, Christmas and New Years could look very different in 2020.

So this selection of old photographs invites us on a journey through time, from the 1930s to the 1980s.

The photos reveal how the holidays were celebrated throughout different periods of history in various spots of the world.

Children look at a Christmas window display at a department store in Paris, France December 11, 1946AFP
Men pile Christmas trees in a field during the harvest in Maine, USA. December 1, 1938AFP
Santa Claus distributes toys to the children leaving on a barge in Brentford, United Kingdom. December 21, 1938AFP
A giant Christmas tree in front of Notre Dame in Paris, France. December 20, 1957AFP
Children look at toys displayed in a department store in Paris, France. December, 1938AFP
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Children look at toys displayed in a department store in Paris, France. December, 1938-/AFP or licensors
Employees bottle Champagne before Christmas in Reims, France, as buyers visit the Pommery cellars. December 1946AFP
Employees pack bottles of Champagne in the Pommery cellars before their expedition for Christmas in Reims, France. December 1946AFP
Pastry chefs prepare traditional Yule log cakes for Christmas in Paris, France. December 1938AFP
Children admire an electric train circuit in a department store before Christmas in Paris, France. December 23, 1949AFP
Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. November 26,1939. AFP
Santa Claus and celebrities take part in a Christmas parade on Hollywood Boulevard, which was renamed ‘Santa Claus Lane’ and illuminated for the holiday seasonHollywood, Los Angeles, USA. November 26,1939. AFP
Acrobats entertain a crowd of people waiting to enter the Lyceum Theatre on Boxing Day. London, the UK. December 27, 1937AFP
A crowd gathers in front of giant Christmas trees in Vendome square in Paris, France. December 14, 1950AFP
Several Santa Clauses arrive at the Orly airport, near Paris, France. December 15, 1953AFP
People queue in front of giant mailboxes, installed in several places around New York, USA, for New Yorkers to drop off their Christmas letters. December 15, 1961AFP
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Jacques Chirac, the former French president and then-mayor of Paris, gives a speech during the ‘Christmas Tree’ reception at the Paris Town Hall. December 9, 1981Joel Robine/AFP
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Muslim soldiers of the Lebanese Army set up a Christmas tree on the Green Line dividing west and east Beirut, to celebrate Christmas with Christian soldiers. December 23, 1987Nabil Ismail/AFP
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A woman with a cat in her arms watches television in Moscow, USSR, as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev delivers his New Year message to the Union. December 31, 1988Vitaly Armand/AFP