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 +43-316/8017-9900
volkskunde@museum-joanneum.at

 

Opening Hours
24. March to 30. December Wed-Sun, public holidays 2pm - 6pm
03. April 2019 to 06. January 2020 Wed-Sun, public holidays 2pm - 6pm

 

Guided tours for groups
from 24. March to 30. December Tues-Fri and
from 03. April to 6. January 2020 Tues-Fri
also outside of opening hours on advance notice

 

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