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


Opening Hours
03. April to 06. January 2020 Wed-Sun, public holidays 2pm - 6pm


Guided tours for groups
from 03. April 2019 to 06. January 2020 Tues-Fri outside of opening hours on advance notice


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