Holiday spirits

Ready for the holidays?

Well, you can kick them off in fine style starting next week when the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk unveils its latest seasonal display with a look at evolving holiday traditions through the years.

“A Grand Holiday at the Mansion: From Victorian to Modern” will run from Nov. 23 through Jan. 6. It’s organized by Raechel Guest, LMMM Curator.

Victorian holiday exhibits will be displayed throughout the first floor, with period rooms decorated to show changing traditions from the 1850s through 1890s with many different Christmas trees, a holiday table setting, and Victorian children’s toys. A special element will be a section devoted to holiday traditions from the early 1930s, which draws inspiration from a letter written by Florence Mathews, the last resident of the Mansion, in 1933.

Contemporary holiday decorations will also be featured, spotlighting work of local designers and LMMM trustees.

For more details on all holiday exhibitions and events, visit

– Mary Shustack

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