Fox Valley Norwegian-Americans decorate Christmas tree at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

Fox Valley Norwegian Americans decorated a yule tree Norway-style for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry’s annual “Christmas around the World” display.

On Nov. 9, seven Fox Valley Norwegian Americans from Montgomery-based Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge 5-472 decorated the Norway tree. They were Ken Johnson, Yorkville, Polar Star president; Barb Johnson, Yorkville, lodge culture director; Connie Kross, Sandwich, SON Zone 5 director; and Naperville residents Diana Raimond, Ed Hatteberg and Lynn and Tom Maxson. Lynn Maxson organized the decorating party.

The 50-tree exhibit that takes place through Jan. 3 features a 45-foot tall floor-to-dome grand tree surrounded by a forest of trees and displays decorated by volunteers to represent holiday traditions from cultures worldwide.

Founded in 1942 with a single tree, today the museum’s beloved annual celebration features photos with Santa and a “Holidays of Light” exhibit. “Holidays of Light” represents the traditions of Chinese New Year, Diwali, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Visakha Puja Day, and St. Lucia Day.

This year, the exhibit celebrates the golden age of travel with themed décor and a spotlight on the Pioneer Zephyr train and Take Flight’s 727, which have been newly re-imagined.

Masks are required, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Face coverings that fit snugly over the nose and mouth are required for everyone age 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status. They must be worn at all times unless actively eating or drinking in designated areas. Bandannas, gaiters, masks with vents or face shields worn alone are not permitted. Admission is $21.95 for ages 12 and older and $12.95 for ages 3 to 11.

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