Times of celebration allowed Henry Francis du Pont's festive side to take over.

Whether it was Christmas time when he snuck a lady apple and kumquat into every stocking's toe or his daughter's wedding when he filled the church with endless collections of Winterthur's flowers, H. F. du Pont liked to make every moment as perfect as it could be.

To him, holidays and special occasions were excuses for extravagance and moments to let loved ones know how cherished they truly are.