A Canadian Family

First Nations, French Canadians & Acadians

Index: The Christmas Season in Canada Through Historical Images



Papa Santa Claus hands out gifts | 1890s

Father Christmas Shakes Hands with Father Time | 1890s

This toboggan-carrying Canadian Santa Wore Snowshoes | 19th Century

Canadian Santa with his bag full of toys climbs into chimney | 1920s


The Christmas Season


Canadian children dance around candle-lit Christmas tree | 1870s

Madonna and child look down on Quebec family | 1880s

Father Time, Grim Reaper, New Year child and Santa’s sleigh | 1880s

Winged Chronos presents child | Pagan symbols of old and new year

Baby wrapped in green ribbons – New Year symbol for 1922


Father Time with traditional symbols of Old and New Year | 1890s

L’Arbre de Noel | Mother and children in modest home | 1890s

Elegant lady tends to Christmas plants | 1910s


Religious Imagery 


Painted Nativity Scene – Christmas Star Over Bethlehem Manger

Mary, Joseph And Jesus With Angels Overhead | 1920s

Winged angels pray around newborn Jesus | 1920s

A Quebec Noel – The Holy Family In A Manger Scene | 1930s

Joseph and Mary Look Lovingly At Their Infant Jesus | 1930s


Madonna and Child | 1930s

The Blessed Virgin Mary With Crescent Moon At Her Feet | Early 20th century

Infant Jesus in cart pulled by lamb | Early 20th century

Christmas in Quebec: Joyeuses fetes de Noel | mid 20th century

The Annunciation | 1920


Canadian Christmas advertising


Santa Claus Drinking Molson Beer | 1910s

Christmas morning  | Vintage Kodak Ad | 1920s

Vintage Molson Beer Advertisement | 1920s

Vintage Ad Featuring Santa With A Dow Beer | 1920s

Christmas Novelty Boxes from the early 20th century


Old Style Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments | 1900s

Antique tissue paper bells | 1910s

Large Set of Vintage Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments | 1930s

Asbestos and Christmas – “The Good Old Days” | 1930s

Antique Christmas Decoration – Santa, sleigh and reindeer | 1930s


Antique Silver Christmas Tree Tinsel

Artificial goose-feathered tabletop tree | Christmas 1930s

Vintage composite Santa Claus Figures | 1930s

Vintage Christmas tree ornament – Glass Trumpet | 1930s

Traditional Christmas Tree Ornaments |  1950s


Indoor/outdoor strings of Christmas lights | 1950s

Toys From Vintage Canadian Mail-order Catalogues (1930s to 1950s)


Articles about Christmas in Canada


An Acadian Christmas in Port Royal: The “Buche de Noel” or Yule Log

Christmas in Louisiana in the late 1700s: Acadian and French Canadian Influence

Christmas in Western Canada | 1880s

Christmas Tide in Canada | 1883

Christmas Eve in Montreal | 1888




November 3, 2012 - Posted by | .


  1. Hi!!

    I’d like to know about the ‘Queens Hotel’ Montreal!!

    I have just purchased A Silver Teapot Embossed with that name!!



    Comment by Linda | November 21, 2012 | Reply

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