Christmas Around the World Program

Each year the Norwegian National League participates; decorating a Norwegian Christmas tree in November and presenting a program of Norwegian music and dance in December.

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637


This annual tradition began in 1942 with a single tree,
newly decorated every day for 12 days to represent the countries fighting alongside America during World War II.


The tree was a wartime tribute to the Allies, but it also symbolized hope during the uncertain times. By bringing together so many ethnic holiday customs, the display was a reminder that there is more to join us than divide us. Since its first year, the display has certainly grown but this spirit remains unchanged.

WE DECORATE OUR TREE

JOIN US AS WE DECORATE OUR NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS TREE!

Each ornament is tied on so it does take a bit of time.  Our tree features a beautiful assortment of rosemaled pieces received some years ago from lodges across the country,  cheerful nisse, and of course flags.

Thomas and Lynn Sove Maxson are in charge of the decorating. Volunteers should contact them at: sovmax@wowway.com

With the closing of the museum due to the coronavirus, they are currently trying to create a virtual viewing of all of the trees.


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