The Yuletide season is upon us, and the festivities are underway. For the 75th anniversary of “Christmas Around the World” and “Holidays and Light”, Nigeria has been added to more than 50 countries represented by trees decorated in local and traditional aspects, displayed at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, USA.
“Christmas Around the World” began in 1942 by the United Nations, to commemorate the Allies in World War II. For its first year, 75 years ago, one tree was decorated differently every 12 days to represent the allied countries. Today, over 50 trees are displayed representing various countries of the world and celebrating each country’s holiday customs.
The tree representing Nigeria exhibits colorful, handmade Nigerian lace and garland made of black-eyed peas, as well as beaded jewelry representing the deep-rooted family Christmas traditions.