44 Adorable Vintage Photos of Kids Meeting Santa
One of the most magical Christmas traditions for children hasn’t changed for generations—visiting the Jolly Old Elf.
Santa visits Chicago
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“Downtown Chicago had a lot of places to visit Santa, but in 1923 my sister SylviaBelle (right) and I saw him at the Marshall Fields store. In those days, kids didn’t sit on Santa’s lap. I look scared—which I was!—but I was only 4,” says Betty Osincup of Washington, Iowa. Discover what Christmas looked like 100 years ago.
All covered up
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“This photo always makes me think Santa wanted to be sure he wasn’t chilly, with his cap and beard covering everything but his eyes! I know our two daughters, Dianne and Lou Ann, were warm in their new mittens and happy with their Christmas stockings when this was taken in 1963 in Dyersville, Iowa,” says Lois Hullermann.
Christmas in the White House
The First Lady Betty Ford brought Santa Claus to the White House to meet with some of the children of diplomats. After meeting with Santa they got to see a puppet show and meet with clowns.
Dreaming of a doll
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“I was 6 years old and my sister, Brenda, was 8,” says Sharon Rawlings Provence of Granite City, Illinois. “I remember going to downtown Granite City to Santa’s Cabin in 1961 to tell Santa that I wanted a Tiny Tears doll. After visiting Santa, we walked through gently falling snow to Woolworth’s. What a fun store to visit at Christmas!” Read more heartwarming stories about meeting Kris Kringle.
Dog Santa meeting baseball Santa
This festive and excited dog was very happy to meet baseball star, Willie Mays, dressed up as Santa Claus in 1977.
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Triplets Barbara, Bonnie, and Allan Baker were 22 months old when they took this picture with Santa in 1952. Their mom bundled up all four of her kids and took a bus to Toyland at Robinson’s Department Store.
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Charlotte Woodson’s kids, Ray, Barbie, and Shirley Ann, had no doubts after Santa greeted them as “the little Woodson children” in 1955. Their parents taught them that the real Santa Claus was the one at Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the rest were just helpers. This is the best Christmas town in every state.