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The 1955 Christmas decorations in Regent Street used crystal stars made of aluminium to give the effect of a snowstorm (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Oxford Street’s glorious Christmas lights in 1961 (Photo by George Freston/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Selfridges Department Store lit up by christmas decorations in 1935 (Photo by David Savill/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Children from the Homeless Children’s Aid and Adoption Society Home at Leytonstone, hauling in their Christmas tree in 1938 (Photo by Gerry Cranham/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A little girl, laden with Christmas presents, engages two train drivers in conversation at Euston Station on December 22, 1936 (Photo by J. A. Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

A seasonably-attired young shopper climbs on to the sandbags to get a closer look at the toys in a shop window in the West End in December 1939 (Photo by Hudson/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Father Christmas delivering presents to the Children’s Aid and Adoption Society at Leytonstone in 1931 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Christmas turkeys, hanging outside a poulterers in Watling Street, December 1923 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Infants at Torringdon Road School in Catford, London, learn how to make Christmas puddings for the poor children of other schools in 1933 (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)