It’s always fun sifting through vintage photos, but it’s even better when they include memories from Christmas past.
Most of these images were shot at the Carolina Hotel during the 1940s, proving the holiday season was just as special then as it is now.
Enjoy this look back in time.
Photos copyright Tufts Archives
Santa putts outside the clubhouse. (Date unknown)
Several members of the Tufts family decorate for Christmas in 1944.
A woman decorates a tree at the Carolina Hotel in 1946.
A sleeping child waits for Santa. (Date unknown)
Santa talks with the children during a Christmas party at the Carolina Hotel in 1946.
Three staffers get the Carolina Hotel ready for Christmas 1946.
Santa gets ready to take off to the North Pole in a horse-drawn carriage.
A tree shines bright inside the Carolina Hotel in 1947.
Smiles abound on Christmas Eve 1948.
A group of kids gather for a Christmas party at the Carolina Hotel in 1951.
Kids enjoy music during a Christmas party on Christmas Eve 1948.
A couple performs a Christmas carol in 1966.
The halls are decked ahead of Christmas 1946.
The Village Chapel shines bright during Christmas 1947.