Christmas Around the World Program
Museum of Science
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.
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light is open through January 3, 2021, and is included in Museum Entry.
PARTICIPATION - WE DECORATE OUR TREE
JOIN US ON NOVEMBER 9, 2021 AT 10:00AM 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 (decorative painted) pieces received some
years ago from lodges across the country, cheerful nisse (Christmas
elves), and of course flags.
Thomas and Lynn Sove Maxson are in charge of the
decorating. Volunteers should contact them at: [email protected].