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24 Pictures Of Christmas That Will Shake You To Your Core

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Posted on December 20, 2019, at 10:55 a.m. ET

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This sinister gathering of St. Nick's friends in Austria, circa 1935.

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Holiday cards to remind little children what's waiting for them if they're naughty this year, circa 1900.

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An unforgettable encounter with Ol' St. Nick and his good friend Krampus, circa 1930.

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And a joyful holiday portrait with the Christmas demon, circa 1900.

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Here are some horrified kids in Germany praying they're not on the naughty list, circa 1930.

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And here's a snapshot of an unfortunate child who likely won't receive any toys this year, circa 1930.

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Here's a disturbing visit from Santa Claus, circa 1910.

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And speaking of disturbing: I'm not sure this is what the kids had in mind when they said they wanted to meet a real reindeer, 1910.

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This monstrosity of a Christmas pudding that only a wild chef would concoct, 1926.

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Nothing says "holiday cheer" like these snow figures in a brutally realistic depiction of a war zone, 1904.

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Or this snow creature, who looks like he's about to hustle you out of $20, 1930.

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These babies are having trouble getting into the holiday spirit, 1907.

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Here's a 1921 photograph of the Welsh tradition of Mari Lwyd, in which a caroler walks door to door, accompanied by a person carrying the skull of a dead horse.

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Speaking of carolers — in 1910, you were better off not answering the door when these folks came knocking.

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Or if you were visited by these masked revelers from Switzerland, 1905.

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Here's a holiday cracker large enough to blow out your eardrums, 1936.

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The totally safe Swedish Christmas tradition of the Lucia Queen in 1931, in which the youngest unmarried daughter is forced to wear a crown of candles.

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Speaking of fire hazards, this tree appears to have toppled onto a family and straight into the fireplace, circa 1945.

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Here's a rather peculiar take on Santa Claus, 1955.

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And another from 1910 that has Rudolph replaced by a bird of prey.

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This person is excited to stock her store with 1929's hottest gift...Christmas masks.

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And lastly, here's a picture from 1924 of Santa visiting good little children with his faithful companion...*checks notes*...the Christmas Clown!

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