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
Thomas and Lynn Sove Maxson are in charge of the
decorating. Volunteers should contact them at: [email protected]
With the closing of the museum due to the coronavirus,
they are currently trying to create a virtual viewing of
all of the trees.