Uncle Jim and Santa, Free Printable Vintage Photo

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Several years ago when my grandmother passed, my dad gave me a box of old framed photos that had been in her collection.  My grandfather was still living, but was being moved into a smaller assisted living facility and was ready to downsize again.

Inside the box was a treasure of family history, including my grandmother’s black-and-white wedding portrait as well as a portrait of my great-great grandfather.

My favorite thing I pulled out of the box though was this 5 x 7 photo of  a little boy talking with Santa.

1950's photo of little boy talking with Santa--so sweet!

I wasn’t sure who the child was, but could tell by his face that it wasn’t my father. Whoever it was though, the photo certainly was from an era past, given the adorable outfit the little boy is wearing (if only I could dress up my own boys like that!).

After a little investigating, I found that the boy in the photo is actually my Uncle Jim, the eldest of my grandmother’s three sons.  The picture was taken in 1953, when Jim was 6 or 7 years old.  My uncle never had any children, and passed away over 10 years ago.  My sweet grandmother never quite recovered from the loss of her eldest son, and I can see her now treasuring the precious picture and the memory of him as a young boy.

This photo is one of my most favorite Christmas decorations I put up each year.  I am so thankful that it wasn’t lost or given away, since my uncle didn’t have any descendants.  I think my family now has the privilege of passing on this family memory to further generations.

Compared to the pictures with Santa my kids take each year, this is an artistic masterpiece! I love the grainy texture to the print, and the expression on my uncle’s face is priceless.  And for goodness sake, is that not the best Santa you have ever seen?  The whole composition of the photo, to me, just speaks of the timeless magic of Christmas to a child.  I absolutely adore it.

If you would like to print off the photo for yourself, I have made it available here to download. I realize some people may think it strange that I am sharing a personal family photo, but I believe it’s another way to help my uncle’s memory live on and to share his story with you all.

Merry Christmas!


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Saturday 27th of December 2014

Thank you for sharing the beautiful family photo. A dear friend of mine recently sent an email to friends and family with similar old family photos with Santa. There is just something so charming about these pictures from Christmases past.


Wednesday 7th of January 2015

I agree. I would like to see those photos too!

Kelly McCants

Monday 22nd of December 2014

I LOVE this, Melanie! What a treasure, that box of pictures and history. I love old pictures. It amazes me how such a perfect picture was captured, when they didn't have a digital camera to view the just snapped footage and then retake 90 more to get just the perfect image. It just happened on the first take and then they had to wait to view it to know if it turned out well until it was developed. Love it.


Wednesday 7th of January 2015

So true Kelly and I hadn't thought about that at all :) Don't you just love the tiny little smile on his face?

Kelly Evans

Sunday 21st of December 2014

I LOVE this photo and I'm honored that you shared it with us! I'm going to print it and frame it!


Wednesday 7th of January 2015

So fun Kelly! Thank you for bringing it into your home :) Hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

chris aka monkey

Sunday 21st of December 2014

melanie wow how lucky for you this was kept it is precious....would you really like to starch and iron that collar ha ha....merry Christmas to you xx


Wednesday 7th of January 2015

Oh Chris that is true . . . I can't remember the last time I starched anything!

Ann Marie

Saturday 20th of December 2014

What a beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing it, along with the story of your Uncle Jim and your Grandma. Merry Christmas!

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