They say everything was better in the good old days—and when it comes to the holidays, we’re inclined to agree. Many iconic It girls, including Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, certainly knew how to celebrate in style, making errands like wrapping presents, writing cards, and decorating the tree look positively glamorous.
Ahead, check out vintage photos of our favorite celebrities celebrating Christmases of yore.
While trimming her Christmas tree with ornaments and tinsel, Bardot displayed her signature ’60s style in a printed minidress.
The Princess of Monaco made even the mundane chore of wrapping Christmas presents look elegant. Here, she’s pictured on the floor of her palace bedroom putting the finishing touches on a gift box.
Most people write their Christmas cards while wearing sweatpants and sitting in front of the television (no judgment here!). But leave it to the ever-glamorous Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1955, to complete the task in style.
In 1953, the charming actress—pictured here with her famous pixie crop—made time for a visit with a lucky Santa Claus.
Sporting perfectly coiffed hair and pearls, Bacall looked every bit the fashionable hostess at her Beverly Hills home on Christmas Eve in 1951. She’s photographed here alongside husband Humphrey Bogart and their son, Stephen.
In 1971, the Italian star (reportedly wearing head-to-toe Christian Dior here) celebrated the holidays at her beautifully decorated villa in Rome.
When posing for a fireplace portrait in 1960, the actress, known for her timeless look, somehow made a kitschy skirt decorated with Christmas trees.
Draped in a luxurious furry coat in 1958, Mansfield and her daughter Jayne Marie Mansfield participated in the long-standing tradition of the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
Always the bombshell—even when opening a Christmas present—Monroe is pictured here in a ruffle-trimmed outfit paired with fishnet stockings.
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