45 vintage photos documenting holiday celebrations in Detroit through the years

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Every year that passes is another opportunity to celebrate family, tradition, and, well, whatever the heck is on slide #34. Holidays, though deeply personal, are shared not only with those whose stockings hang from our fireplace mantles but with our neighbors, peers, and strangers across town. These vintage photos reveal intimate celebratory holiday moments captured on film (remember film?!) and are proof that Santa exists and, again, apparently so does whatever is on slide #34. Seriously, that dude is a nightmare.

All photos used courtesy of Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University/Virtual Motor City collection.