Chicago takes a global approach to Christmas

December 21, 2012 by  

Every country has different Christmas traditions that often get incorporated into other societies. For example, the Christmas tree came from Germany and is now a tradition all over the world. The Museum of Science and Industry is currently holding and exhibit which highlights some of these traditions and international customs for celebrating Christmas.

The exhibit, Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light, features over 60 trees decorated to represent different cultures and customs. The event was first held during World War II, in 1942, as a tribute to the allies fighting with the United States. In addition, the Grand Tree which will be on display in the museum’s rotunda, is a 45ft tree which features 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments.

Other activities taking place around the decorated trees will be live performances from children’s choirs, Irish dancers, a Puerto Rican orchestra, and a Korean dance group. It will truly be an international celebration of the Christmas season.

This exhibit is likely to draw visitors from all over the Chicago area, including nearby Morton Grove. It is also likely that the museum is working with local printing companies to design and print promotional items, such as posters and flyers to let the public know about this annual event.

The 71st Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light is showing at the Museum of Science and Industry until January 6. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for children. The museum is open every day except Christmas Day.