A mother mother gazes at her child who sleeps peacefully beside a candle lit Christmas tree following their Christmas Eve escape from communist dominated Hungary on December 25, 1956 in Austria.

A mother mother gazes at her child who sleeps peacefully beside a candle lit Christmas tree following their Christmas Eve escape from communist dominated Hungary on December 25, 1956 in Austria.

Iran Mitchell reacts as he opens a Christmas toy given to him by Calif. Highway Patrol Officer Wesley M. Schwark at the First AME Church in Los Angeles, Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998. The Highway Patrol officers from the Central Angeles office along with several other groups donated toys and food for the children of South-Central Los Angeles.

Iran Mitchell reacts as he opens a Christmas toy given to him by Calif. Highway Patrol Officer Wesley M. Schwark at the First AME Church in Los Angeles, Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998. The Highway Patrol officers from the Central Angeles office along with several other groups donated toys and food for the children of South-Central Los Angeles.

Weihnachtsfeier deutscher Landsturmleute an der Front - German soldiers decorating  a Christmas tree while stationed near the front lines circa 1914-1918

Weihnachtsfeier deutscher Landsturmleute an der Front - German soldiers decorating a Christmas tree while stationed near the front lines circa 1914-1918

The United States Army Band plays Christmas music at the Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam during the holiday season, December 22-29, 1970.

The United States Army Band plays Christmas music at the Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam during the holiday season, December 22-29, 1970.

Bomb damage to property in Estreham Road in Streatham, London, following the Zeppelin raid on the night of 23 - 24 September 1916.

Bomb damage to property in Estreham Road in Streatham, London, following the Zeppelin raid on the night of 23 - 24 September 1916.

Three army dietitians at Deshon Army Hospital in Butler, Pennsylvania, sit in the cafeteria. The women, who wear the army nurse brown and white seersucker uniform, are posed in front of a Christmas tree and large fruit basket, circa 1944 ~

Three army dietitians at Deshon Army Hospital in Butler, Pennsylvania, sit in the cafeteria. The women, who wear the army nurse brown and white seersucker uniform, are posed in front of a Christmas tree and large fruit basket, circa 1944 ~

1943 Christmas Card: 1943 Christmas card sent home by Michael Lazaro. On December 26, 1943 Michael landed on Cape Glouchester with C/1/7.   The card was designed by Technical Sergeant Victor P. Donahue, USMC and reproduced by the 1st Marine Division Photo-Litho Section.

1943 Christmas Card: 1943 Christmas card sent home by Michael Lazaro. On December 26, 1943 Michael landed on Cape Glouchester with C/1/7. The card was designed by Technical Sergeant Victor P. Donahue, USMC and reproduced by the 1st Marine Division Photo-Litho Section.

President Harry S. Truman to light the National Community Christmas Tree in Washington DC, 12/24/1945, the first time the tree had been illuminated since 1941. (US National Archives)

President Harry S. Truman to light the National Community Christmas Tree in Washington DC, 12/24/1945, the first time the tree had been illuminated since 1941. (US National Archives)

Young Berliners get a treat at the U.S. Army's Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Dec. 15, 1948. Christmas gifts from a flying Santa, Lt. John Konop of Astoria, NY. This is the first planeload of gifts to be distributed to Berlin children under the Air Forces Christmas program, Operation Santa Claus. The gifts were donated by people in the United States and flown to Berlin via the air lift.

Young Berliners get a treat at the U.S. Army's Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Dec. 15, 1948. Christmas gifts from a flying Santa, Lt. John Konop of Astoria, NY. This is the first planeload of gifts to be distributed to Berlin children under the Air Forces Christmas program, Operation Santa Claus. The gifts were donated by people in the United States and flown to Berlin via the air lift.

Pvt Walter Prsybyla of B Btry, 37th Field Artillery Regt, US 2nd Inf Div writing Christmas cards for friends and family from an artillery ammunition storehouse, Heckhalenfeld, Germany, 30 Nov 1944. (US Army Signal Corps photo)

[Photo] Pvt Walter Prsybyla of B Btry, 37th Field Artillery Regt, US 2nd Inf Div writing Christmas cards for friends and family from an artillery ammunition storehouse, Heckhalenfeld, Germany, 30 Nov 1944

Pvt Walter Prsybyla of B Btry, 37th Field Artillery Regt, US 2nd Inf Div writing Christmas cards for friends and family from an artillery ammunition storehouse, Heckhalenfeld, Germany, 30 Nov 1944. (US Army Signal Corps photo)

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