While almost all of us bear memories of a time when Central Texas felt smaller, less crowded and more affordable, none of us share exactly the same past. The holidays can lend us a feeling of warmth about those old days, even for those who arrived relatively recently or who steadfastly resist the allure of nostalgia. Lately, we've lingered over archived images of winter in Central Texas as if they were treasured Christmas cards from friends and family — and then we chose a set of favorites to help make your spirits bright.

Merry Christmas!