Santa Claus with little boy in Jenners - Edinburgh 1954

16 nostalgic memories of Scottish Christmases past

With what is quite possibly the strangest Christmas in living memory fast approaching, we’ve had a dig through the archives to remind us of far simpler times.

By David McLean
Thursday, 24th December 2020, 7:00 am

While the average person was not as affluent as today, post-war Scots knew how to celebrate the festive period.

Major shopping thoroughfares were bedecked in all manner of imaginative and colourful decorations and large crowds would gather to watch the switching on of the Christmas lights.

And every big department store had a grotto and a queue of eager children, patiently waiting for their turn to sit on Santa’s lap.

Grab a mince pie, pour yourself a mulled wine and sit back, as we take you on a journey to Scottish Christmas past.

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