A festive foray through the pictures of Christmases past

A festive foray through the pictures of Christmases past

It's Christmas party time

Charles Dickens had a huge impact on the way we celebrate Christmas, thanks to Mr Scrooge and Tiny Tim from his much-loved novel, A Christmas Carol.

But this 1836-1837 illustration from The Pickwick Papers also shows us his impression of how the Victorians did a good Christmas Eve knees-up. He has perhaps a lot to answer for for the modern-day festive party.

Sing choirs of angels

In the snowy winter of 1935, the Salvation Army gather outside a house in Bramhall Cheshire to bring a touch of festive cheer.

Home for Christmas

In 1944, World War Two was still ongoing but this lovely little family were at last brought together again.

Although this little boy clings onto his leg, it looks like he's lost his daddy's attention altogether. Instead his soldier father, home on leave, lifts his wife from the ground to wish her a 'Merry Christmas'.

Christmas grubs up

These two know the rule of all good cooking is to taste your creations as you go along, especially when you're making a Christmas pud. This photograph was taken in Dublin in 1952.

Do you remember ever helping mum along with the baking?

Eric and Ern give us some Christmas cheer

After the Queen's speech, Morecambe and Wise were the highlight of our festive TV schedule. Here they are with the tremendously brave newsreader Angela Rippon in 1979 who gave us real television gold we've been chuckling at ever since.

Let's have a sing-song

Ena Sharples accompanies the cast of the cobbles with carols for Coronation Street's Christmas 1969.

A right royal Christmas

Here's the baby Prince William with his mum and dad, Princess Diana of Wales and Prince Charles in Christmas 1982. Doesn't he look a lot like another more modern baby prince we've recently fallen in love with?