There’s not much to say about this family photo from the Victorian era. Staged though it is, this family obviously wanted a memento of their togetherness at this holiday season, which they conveniently identify for us as 1892. The family is well-to-do, or at least looks so. I note the boy who appears to be almost hiding behind his father, reading a book. The Christmas tree is modestly decorated, but I do spy one candle, unlit, toward the right. Also note that the man took the photo himself. That’s a squeeze bulb in his left hand to trigger the shutter, and the cord leading down from it undoubtedly connects to the camera.

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a peaceful and joyful Christmas Eve. Enjoy the holiday.

This photo is in the public domain.