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Opening presents was a fun part of the (Credit: Vince Kish)

Opening presents was a fun part of the holidays for the Phipps family. Old Westbury Gardens recreates these memories using period decorations and mannequins.

Christmas events at historic Long Island homes

Long Island mansions and historical homes are decorated for Christmas and offer seasonal events.

The Old Westbury Gardens staff uses a combination
(Credit: Vince Kish)

The Old Westbury Gardens staff uses a combination of period ornaments, greenery from the grounds and mannequins to recreate a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the Phipps family.

Opening presents was a fun part of the
(Credit: Vince Kish)

Opening presents was a fun part of the holidays for the Phipps family. Old Westbury Gardens recreates these memories using period decorations and mannequins.

Jim Foote will portray Theodore Roosevelt during Sagamore
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Jim Foote will portray Theodore Roosevelt during Sagamore Hill's "Christmas with the Roosevelts" 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay.

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Food and family is the focus of the
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Food and family is the focus of the Christmas celebration at Rock Hall Museum in Lawrence. The decorations incorporate citrus fruit and towers reminiscent of a wealthy English family in Colonial America.

The entryway of Coe Hall at Planting Fields
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The entryway of Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum is graced with a 30-foot Christmas tree and lush decorations.

Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead decorates both the
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Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead decorates both the Hallock Homestead and the the home of Polish farming immigrants for the holidays.

Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead decorates both the
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Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead decorates both the Hallock Homestead and the the home of Polish farming immigrants for the holidays. Each shows the focus on the holiday meal and family rather than presents and "store-bought" things.

Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead decorates both the
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Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead decorates both the Hallock Homestead and the the home of Polish farming immigrants for the holidays.

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The library is among the rooms decorated for
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The library is among the rooms decorated for Christmas at the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Each of the rooms has a decorated tree and other elegant touches.

Rosamund Vanderbilt's bedroom is among the rooms decorated
(Credit: Patrick Keefe)

Rosamund Vanderbilt's bedroom is among the rooms decorated for Christmas at the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Decorations include period ornaments, silk and satin ribbon and stately touches.

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