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‘Tis the Season: 100 Jolly and Festive Pictures of Christmas

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Celebrating Christmas this year will be … different, to say the least. The ongoing pandemic means we probably can’t celebrate Christmas as we used to, or as we are used to. We’ll all too likely be spending Christmas with only a few friends or family members about us, or even alone, just by ourselves. And we’ll all too likely be commemorating Christmas in a small, simple, and subdued manner, sans the accustomed grandeur and spectacle, minus the usual crowd and company, all in keeping with the health and safety protocols put in place to combat the further spread of the virus.

But whether we’re faced with the prospect of spending Christmas alone or with only a few people, it’s still important to celebrate Christmas this year. In fact, it has become even more important and more meaningful to do so, first, as a way to end on a positive note what has been a trying journey throughout a long and difficult year; and second, to look ahead to the next year with hope and optimism. And there is good reason to hope. With the promise of a vaccine, perhaps the long-awaited solution to this pandemic, we might finally be able to return to normalcy, to pick up the threads of our old lives, to resume chasing after our dreams that the pandemic has so suddenly and cruelly put on hold.

But for now, we’ll keep the celebration small and muted. It can feel strange and lonely, of course. But hopefully, it’ll only be for now, and the next years will find us celebrating Christmas as we have done so before. And to help tide you over this lonesome holiday season, I’ve gathered 100 pictures of Christmas, all jolly, all festive, all images of the warmth and cheer that have defined Christmas since long ago, from snapshots of Christmas trees and tinsels and baubles, to photos of gift-giving and family gatherings; and put them together in one slideshow.

All the pictures of Christmas exhibited here are courtesy of the beneficent photographers from Unsplash and Pexels. If you don’t know, Unsplash and Pexels are two amazing websites featuring millions of stunning photos donated by the world’s most generous photographers, all available for free for anyone to download and to do with as they please.

Normally, I would slightly modify on Lightroom the photos I download from Unsplash and Pexels before featuring them on my website, not because I find them lacking or displeasing, mind you, but simply to match the look and feel of my blog. But for these pictures of Christmas, I deemed it best to post them unaltered, so you can fully appreciate and admire the original style and creativity of the photographers. However, most of the photos, particularly those in portrait mode, and to a lesser extent, those in landscape, have been cropped to fit within the slides. Please note that all the credits are linked to the original photos (as I always do) and to the respective Unsplash or Pexels accounts of the photographers, so you can browse their fine photographic portfolios and discover more of their amazing works.

That being said, go ahead and enjoy these jolly and festive pictures of Christmas, and may these at least impart to you a measure of the warmth, joy, and wonder that have long defined the Christmas season.

Hint: Click/tap the arrow on the right edge or swipe to the right to view the next picture, and click/tap the arrow on the left edge or swipe to the left to view to the previous picture. Alternatively, you can use the thumbnails below to navigate through the slideshow. If you can’t see the slideshow just beneath this, please reload this page.

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These are only a few of the numerous beautiful and merry pictures of Christmas featured on Unsplash and Pexels, only the ones I could gather in a short amount of time. There are literally thousands, hundreds of thousands of pictures of Christmas there, all jolly, all festive, all creative, all free, and more are being added each day. If only I had the time to peruse and admire every single one of them…

Anyway, if you want to view the pictures of Christmas featured here in their full size and resolution, and discover even more amazing pictures of Christmas, then you really should visit Unsplash and Pexels, and prepare to be astonished by the superb skill and sheer creativity of the world’s most generous photographers.

Finally, let me wish you a Merry Christmas, and may the next year bring us tidings of comfort, joy, and hope.




Featured Image by Євгенія Височина on Unsplash (modified)

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Hi. I’m Jared Jeric dela Cruz, the creator and author of this travel blog. I am an ardent dreamer, an aspiring adventurer, and a passionate storyteller

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