It’s a Wonderful Life had its first screening on 20 December 1946.
The end of the year was a time for fasting, feasting and poking fun at the status quo.
The Ministry of Food was founded to help people survive rationing and to bolster morale, which became particularly important at Christmas.
As we take stock of the past year, the most famous event in English history reminds us of our inability to foresee the future.
The first edition of 6,000 copies was published on 19 December 1843.
It took a long while for Rudolph and the other reindeer to team up with Santa Claus. But once they did, there was no stopping them.
A recital took place at the church of St Nicholas in Oberndorf in Salzburg, on the evening of 24 December 1818.
The Riot Act was read to young officers at West Point Military Academy on 25 December 1826, following a boisterous party which began the night before.
Rich enough to appeal to lords and dukes, the success of panettone is down to its festive, egalitarian simplicity.
Charles Dickens’ name conjures up the quintessential English Christmas, but it is to another Charles D that we must look if we want to know what festivities were like before the Victorian makeover.