Christmas can be a wonderful time of year for friends and family, but have the modern trappings removed some of the magic from the holiday season?
Getty Images Peter Macdiarmid combed through the photo service's archives and digitally combined iconic pictures of Christmas in London throughout history with recent photographs from the city. The results are delightfully eerie and a pleasant reminder that, despite how much society may change, some traditions stay the same. photographer Stable companions appear in 'Song of the Drum' at Drury Lane Theatre at Endell Street on December 30, 1933 in London. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Christmas decorations consisting mainly of snow crystal stars made of aluminium to give the effect of a snowstorm are displayed on Regent Street on November 30, 1955 London, England. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Father Christmas arriving at the Arding and Hobbs store on November 2, 1926 in Clapham Junction, London. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Students of King's College sing Christmas carols outside the Old Curiosity Shop, as immortalised by Charles Dickens on Portsmouth Street on December 12, 1956 in London. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images The statue of Lord Beaconsfield in front of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Parliament Square, London, 24th December 1938 Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images The Christmas tree in St Paul's Cathedral, London, which was brought from the royal estates at Windsor on December 19, 1950 in London, England. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images urkeys are auctioned at Smithfield market for Christmas trade on December 21, 1968 in London, England. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Sandbags protect a shop window at Selfridges during the first Christmas of World War II on December 16, 1939 in London, England. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Two policemen regard London's 64ft Christmas tree, a gift from Norway, illuminated in Trafalgar Square, in front of the National Gallery on December 1, 1948 in London, England. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Christmas turkeys, hanging outside a poulterers in Watling Street on December 1923 in London, England Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images A group of people dressed as Santa Claus wait for the bus on December 1960, London, England. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images h/t Mashable