It's A Wonderful Life! Nostalgic photos reveal 200 years of Christmas (including Marilyn Monroe posing in festive stockings)
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, it seems Christmas has changed significantly over the years.
This romantic collection of nostalgic black and white photos reveal there wasn't a beard bauble in sight as people from a bygone era celebrated the festive season.
As well as images of shoppers on a not-so-crowded street in Holborn, London, the photos capture the Golden Age of Hollywood.
From Bob Hope at the height of his career, to Marilyn Monroe posing seductively by a chimney in her stockings, the images reveal how the stars of Tinseltown celebrated Christmas in style.
Here, Femail picks its favourite images that show an It's A Wonderful Life-style Christmas... .
Multicultural: Diana Doris, a British actress, is seen in 1947 with a Christmas greeting written in French. Right, Marilyn Monroe posed in her stockings for this seductive 1951 photo. That year she was voted 'the present all GI's would like to find in their Christmas stocking'
A young woman with a gorgeous dress lighting real candles on a Christmas tree in 1910 - a practice left in the past
Naughty and nice: Ida Lupino, a Warner Brothers star, spanks Saint Nick in this 1942 photo, left. Meanwhile, right, actress Jayne Mansfield danced with US soldiers stationed in Canada for a Christmas 1961 appearance
A woman sings carols with children on a decorated staircase at Christmas-time in the 1940s
A beauty queen dressed as a Christmas tree during a photo shoot in 1930s California (l) and a woman sitting by the fireplace
Last-minute present hunting? Crowds turn out for Christmas shopping on the streets of Holborn in London in 1936
This Christmas greeting postcard was sent from Egypt in 1910, showing a young girl carrying a calendar in her hands, with a Bonne Annee inscription (l) and a French Christmas greeting postcard, with Joyeux Noel inscription and image of children playing with a Christmas tree
Grace is said before eating cakes at a Children's Christmas Party for three-year-olds at an Infants' School in Stoke-on-Trent, 1952
A dog is dressed with a white beard and Santa hat on Christmas morning in the 1900s. Right, a boy and a girl share gifts under the Christmas tree while their mother - wearing angel wings - looks on with an elder boy in this postcard photo
A woman sits at the foot of a tinsel-covered Christmas tree surrounded by string-tied presents including a doll, a boat and toy soldiers in 1920
A group of children enjoy a sleigh ride in the snow in Germany circa 1910-1920. Right; A greeting card with two young girls in winter clothes on a snow-covered city road at the foot of a clock
Actress Doris May steps out of her car while doing her Christmas shopping in this photo taking in 1021
Bob Hope is seen with actress Helen Wood, left, in this 1938 gagshot of him climbing out of a chimney. Right: Bob Hope and and Doris Day in Hollywood in 1948. the day before he performed in Berlin for troops working on the airlift
Three young boys enjoy skating on the ice at the Lake Placid Club, New York, in 1929 over the Christmas holiday
A nurse reads a story while surrounded by Christmas presents at the The Children's Hospital in Hampstead in 1936
Shirley Temple modeled a new Christmas dress in this 1935 photo, left. Happy New Year! Thousands of revellers cheer in 1953 around a Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, London