Today's Christmas book is vintage, but was not written for children, though I'm sure some kids would enjoy looking at the pictures. In A Book of Christmas, William Sansom looks at the history, customs and traditions of Christmas around the world.
Pollock's Toy Theatre, hand colored, 1834
Christmas Eve at the Wandsbecker Schloss 1796
From Hollyleaves of 1894, Interlude at the Twelfth Night Table
The Christmas Tree, from a painting by E. Osborn, 1864
Title page of Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffman
Santa arriving by boat at Bondi Beach, Sydney
Christmas display of toys at Heal's store in London
A Polish szopka carried by children singing carols. It's placed on a bench support and used as the background for a puppet Nativity play. This particular one was based on tower motifs from Cracow.
A poster for the Christmas number of The Century showing a romaticized Father Christmas figure of the period. Designed by Louis John Rhead in 1895.
Illustration by John Leech from Charle's Dicken's A Christmas Carol
A Book of Christmas
By William Sansom
McGraw Hill Book Co., 1968