New Thing #18 – Stan Hywet Deck the Halls

It is time for our annual visit to northeast OH to see family for the holidays and celebrate my son’s late December birthday.  We have a busy day on Saturday, driving from Indianapolis to Akron, OH.  Then w e have a gift exchange with my sisters and their kids and grandkids.  My mother was always excited about filling the Christmas stockings so we decide to keep that tradition going in her honor.

On Sunday, the four of us visit my parents gravesite and then head north a few miles to Cleveland to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  (New thing #17)  After returning from Cleveland, we make a quick stop at my brother’s house before meeting my sisters and spouses at the next new thing.

We visit the historic mansion, Stan Hywet, for their Christmas festivities named Deck the Halls.  My husband and I have been to this home a few times but this is the first time we have attended the Christmas celebration.

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Inside the mansion, rooms are decorated with the theme of Christmas around the world.  I love seeing the various displays from England, Germany, France, Ireland, Russia, United States, Mexico and others.  Not only are there theme trees decorated in each room, other articles are creatively displayed to illustrate the culture of the featured country.

Stan Hywet was owned by the Seiberling family and founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber.  One of my brothers-in-law is related to this family so he and my sister are part of the volunteer guild.  They add interesting facts to our self-guided tour of the home.

On the exterior, there are countless lights in a bright holiday theme.  There is a gingerbread house for the kids and the conservatory is decorated with a poinsettia tree.  “Dazzle” runs every 15 minutes with lights set to music.

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Even though it is a cold winter night, the lights are festive and warming.

Merry Christmas!!

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