Christmas presents – Who are they from, Baby Jesus or Father Christmas?

An exhibition at the Folk Life Museum


Opening: 18th November 2010, 7 p.m.

Traditions change, even with something as basic as Christmas presents. Austria is predominantly Catholic, so its children get theirs from Baby Jesus. In many Protestant countries, Father Christmas comes down the chimney with them. But where did this division of labour in the Christmas gift system originate, and how traditional is the territorial allocation in reality?

Christmas Presents
traces a tortuous path through European cultural history, on the trail of a phenomenon whose religious roots are scarcely discernible any more.

Folk Life Museum

Paulustorgasse 11-13a
8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9810


Opening Hours
10. April 2021 to 31. October 2021 Mon-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm

The Folk Life  Museum will be reorganized and will therefore be temporarily closed from 07.01.2020 until 09.04.2021 for renovation work and accessible only as part of events. 


24th/25th December 2021