Christmas

Taxonomy

Code

300069053

Scope note(s)

  • Refers to the Christian feast and festival observed on December 25 to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Its observance is first documented in Rome in 336. The practice of celebrating on December 25 began in the 4th century in the Western church as a Christian replacement for the pagan festival held on the winter solstice to celebrate the birth of the unconquered sun. The East originally gave the date of January 6 for the nativity but the date of December 25 was generally accepted by the 5th century; the Armenian Church, however, still celebrates on January 6. Christmas took on the festivity (i.e. decorations and gift-giving) of the Roman Saturnalia and other pagan festivals of that time of year. Christmas has continued to accumulate traditions over the centuries; many of the customs associated with the holiday are of non-Christian origin. Evergreens, for example, are symbols of survival and have been associated with Christmas ever since the European Middle Ages. Christmas is traditionally regarded as a festival of the family and of children. In many countries presents are exchanged in the name of or in the spirit of the holiday's patron, Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus.

Source note(s)

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Hierarchical terms

Christmas

Equivalent terms

Christmas

  • UF Christmases
  • UF Mass of Christ
  • UF Christ's mass
  • UF Yule (Christmas)

Associated terms

Christmas

64 Archival description results for Christmas

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Greeting Card

Item is a mounted albumen photographs depicting a city street and street cars. Gold text below photograph reads, 'With the Compliments of the Season'. Inscription in pencil on back of mount reads, 'Top of Collins St. E.' and '6.00'

Kodak window displays, Christmas 1966

File contains black and white negatives featuring images of Kodak products piled as Christmas presents, such as the Instamatic M4 and the complete Super 8 home movie oufit, beneath a 'Season's Greetings' picture with hand drawn signs that have slogans like 'open me first' or 'gift idea'. For prints see 2005.001.06.03.348.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Give a Kodak

Photograph of children sledding in the snow, with 4 illustrations of cameras being advertised. Text contains personal handwritten note, along with consumer information about the cameras being advertised.

The Baker Advertising Agency, Limited

Give a Kodak

Photograph of children sledding in the snow, with 4 illustrations of cameras being advertised. Text contains personal handwritten note, along with consumer information about the cameras being advertised.

The Baker Advertising Agency, Limited

Kodak window displays, Christmas 1965

File contains colour negatives featuring images of Kodak products piled as Christmas presents, such as the Instamatic M4 and the complete Super 8 home movie oufit, beneath a 'Season's Greetings' picture with hand drawn signs that have slogans like 'open me first' or 'gift idea'. One image features flash cubes hung like snow flakes. For colour prints see 2005.001.06.05.050.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Kodak window displays, Christmas 1965

File contains images of Kodak products piled as Christmas presents, such as the Instamatic M4 and the complete Super 8 home movie oufit, beneath a 'Season's Greetings' picture with hand drawn signs that have slogans like 'open me first' or 'gift idea'. One image features flash cubes hung like snow flakes. For black and white prints see 2005.001.06.03.346.

Kodak Canada Inc.

Greeting Card

Mounted image of boat and and castle in background. Gold text on mount reads, 'With best Wishes of the Season'. Inscription in ink on back of mount reads, 'From Jack & (illegible)' and 'Mount (illegible) Castle Jersey'.

[christmas card with countryside photo]

borderless print mounted on offwhite greeting card with brown inner paper. Fastened with fabric ribbon. Front cover of card includes photograph of rural hilly landscape as seen from hilltop, and caption bottom centre: "Best Wishes." Inside right hand of car includes flower icon, and caption centre top: "To wish you every happiness this chrismastide and througout the coming year." Inscription, centre bottom, black ink: "From All, to Jennie, When upon this desk you write, you must study with all your might, and if you wuse it faithful and true, I'm sure it will be useful for you."

Kodak window displays, Christmas 1965

File contains images of Kodak products piled as Christmas presents, such as the Instamatic M4 and the complete Super 8 home movie outfit, beneath a 'Season's Greetings' picture with hand drawn signs that have slogans like 'open me first' or 'gift idea'. One image features flash cubes hung like snow flakes. For colour prints see 2005.001.06.05.050.

Kodak Canada Inc.

[Christmas card with photo from Fiji]

white christmas card with photo pasted inside. Image is of a building and cars on street, in tropical locale. Front cover caption: "Christmas Greetings." also, coat of arms with "greetings from fiji" in gold letters. Inside left caption: "May the joys of the xmas season remain with you throughout the coming year" INscription: "G.F. & J.C. Ewing." Inside right: photo and inscription: "Cable Office, Suva."

This is a big photographic year : Eastman cameras will sell faster than ever during the holiday season / Canadian Kodak Co., Limited, Toronto Ont.

Illustration of store display of "Christmas assortment" of Kodak cameras, including Baby Brownies, Brownie Juniors, Bullet and Jiffy cameras. Text contains merchandising and pricing information.

The Baker Advertising Agency, Limited

Stereographs, General Recurring Events

File consists of stereographs depicting general events and reoccurring holidays such as Christmas, New Year's Thanksgiving, and Centennial Celebrations.

10 Stereoscopic photographs by Keystone View Co.
7 Stereoscopic photographs by Kilburn Brothers, in association with James M. Davis
5 Stereoscopic photographs by Underwood & Underwood
3 Stereoscopic photographs by Strohmeyer & Wyman
1 Stereoscopic photograph by Whiting View Co.
1 Stereoscopic photograph by Littleton View Co.
1 Stereoscopic photograph by Griffith & Griffith
1 Stereoscopic photograph by H. C. White Co.
1 Stereoscopic photograph by Geo. Barker
1 Stereoscopic photograph by Dominion Stereoscopic Co.
1 Stereoscopic photograph by Chas. Pollock
1 Stereoscopic photograph by F. G. Weller
5 Stereoscopic photographs by unidentified publishers

Library Holiday Greeting Cards

The file contains the Holiday / Christmas greeting cards, designed in-house, was sent to Library donors (parents, students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff). Library employee volunteers signed batches of cards for mass mailing, while other employees enclosed each with the Chief Librarian's letter or stuffed envelopes. The standardized hand-written message on each card was :

(your name)
(your title)
And all my colleagues at the Ryerson Library

This tradition started with Chief Librarian Madeleine LeFebvre.