My childhood Christmas experience was populated with these lovely vintage Swedish Christmas postcards. They are actually quite small -- too small to put into a US post, which is probably why my mother never sent them out. But she saved them from her childhood and so they became a part of mine. Every Christmas they would be unpacked with the box of ornaments, a neat stack of them of them like a deck of cards. I spent many hours enjoying the illustrations. Here is a sampling -- though you can see all of them in the Swedish Christmas Postcards Album here.