Christmas was a time to gather the family and enjoy the festivities of the season. The Croxton family above is shown gathering to enjoy a Christmas meal. Serenading was another country gathering tradition that evolved from European practices of noise making and firing of Christmas guns. Groups would walk from farm to farm ringing cow bells and banging on tin pans. The homes visited were expected to invite the noise makers in for small gifts, treats and entertainments.
Picture source: Croxton Family Christmas Celebration-Rochelle FL-1892. N039069.