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Candid Christmas

We asked and our readers answered with some of their favorite images of holidays past and present. From vintage toys to sad Santa sessions, the photos submitted had the staff of West Newsmagazine hard pressed to pick our collective favorites. Sometimes it was the caption that did the trick.

As you can see from this collection, subjecting small children to the joy and terror of sitting on Santa’s lap was a favorite entry – and the photos that made us laugh the most. Sorry, kids.

But all-in-all, the photos submitted certainly put us in the holiday mood, and we’re hoping they’ll do the same for you. This holiday season be sure to take a few photos you’ll want to share with us next November – or better still don’t wait. Photos can always be posted to our Facebook page.

And the winner is: Julie Mueller, of Chesterfield, who shared this photo of her daughters with Santa.

Get Me Outta Here

Get Me Outta Here

In second place is the submission below from Lucy Ecker. “This a picture that was taken on Christmas Day 1923,” Lucy wrote. “My mom is the little girl in the baby blue dress. The other children are my uncles and aunts.”

Christmas Day 1923

Christmas Day 1923

Last, but not least, in third place is the photo below, submitted by Nicole Wayland and Ann Buelow.

"4 Dawg Christmas"

“4 Dawg Christmas”

Featured inside the Dec. 17 issue of West Newsmagazine, were these runners-up:

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“Monopoly game!!”

Kathy Taylor sent in this classic Christmas photo featuring a circa 1960 Monopoly game, “walking” baby doll and toy rifle.

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Of Christmas 2012, Chrissie Reinbold wrote: “It was December 2012 and although Hailey (3 years-old) enjoyed talking with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Audrey (18-months-old) was terrified!  Mrs. Claus tried her hardest to calm Audrey down while Santa just sat and smiled.  Audrey didn’t stop the tears until she was back in her mom’s and dad’s arms.”

Christmas 2006

Christmas 2006

Carrie Wind wrote that Christmas 2006 was her first grandson’s first Christmas. “Our grand Chihuahua
loves the baby, but is not so sure about the costume,” Carrie wrote. We have to admit that at first we didn’t even see the dog!

"Fastest gun in the West"

“Fastest gun in the West!”

Diane Thebeau wrote: “This is Christmas Day 1953.  Besides the cowboy outfit, boots and all, there is a Lionel train under the tree and a Howdy Doody doll.  What a great Christmas!  Thank you, Santa.”

"Enough said"

“Enough said”

About the photo above, Peggy Helsher wrote: “This photo speaks for itself. Little Cara Helsher was freaked out when she noticed Santa next to her.”

Other entries submitted by our readers are below.  Click on an image to launch gallery view:

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