Merry does not describe the facial expressions of the family in this Christmastime photograph from around the year 1900. The long exposures needed for film to record images probably explains the dour looks: holding a facial expression for a length of time is difficult, leading to vacant expressions. However, merriness is evident in the un-pruned natural tree with blown-glass ornaments, a wax angel, and pine cones; and the guitar poised for a holiday song. Whether the older man and woman are parents or grandparents is not recorded, but children and tree are the focus of this Christmas scene, as they continue to be today.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas.