Christmas Around the World at the Museum of Science and Industry, Circa 1978

Croats, Lithuanians, Belarusians, and Koreans talk about their holiday traditions as part of the MSI’s seven-decade Christmas Around the World tradition.

Every year the Museum of Science and Industry hosts Christmas Around the World, a 70-year-old tradition that began with a tree dedicated to the Allies during World War II. In 1978, someone captured video of the cultural representatives discussing their holiday traditions.

Let’s begin with Belarus:


And Croatian teens talking about boyfriends under the mistletoe:


A representative of the Korean consulate and a representative of the Korean-American Wives Club of Chicago:


And Lithuanians, updating their ornament traditions for urban America:



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