Norwalk's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion offers historical view of Christmas in US
If you're looking for a fun holiday getaway close to home, then Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk offers a historical look at Christmas in the United States.
Located on West Avenue in Norwalk, the home was built by LaGrande Lockwood, who purchased the land in 1863.
This year, the mansion's Christmas exhibit is called Christmas Playtime at the Mansion.
Visitors can explore rooms that are each decorated for different decades.
Mansion Docent Midge Lopat says the exhibit starts out with the year 1850, beginning with the tradition of people bringing Christmas trees into their house in the United States.
Visitors will be able to see how the celebration of Christmas developed in the United States during the Victorian era.
The mansion also features a replica 1850s Christmas tree and exhibits on the first Christmas tree stand, which opened in New York City in 1851.
"I think it's important for people to come to view our exhibit so that they can see how what we think of at Christmas as being a very stationary permanent thing is actually evolved, and it's not really that old of a holiday. It's only about 200 years old." Lopat says.