Christmas Trees and Holiday Displays in Pappas' Office

Twelfth Year of Cook County's Ethnic and Religious Traditions Shown

Dec 09, 2015, 07:00 ET from Office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas

CHICAGO, Dec. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 90 Christmas trees and religious displays that show Chicagoland's great ethnic diversity are on display in the office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.

Pappas said she is proud that this is the 12th year of "Christmas Trees from Around the World," the display of trees decorated by members of ethnic communities to show their cultural heritage, and of other religious and cultural traditions.

The display can be seen through the Christmas and New Year's period, to January 4, 2016, in Room 112 of the Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St., Chicago.

The three-foot-high Christmas trees stand on counters in the Treasurer's Office, with a Christian Nativity scene and other cultural displays: African American Kwanzaa Kinara, Hindu Prayer Thali, Jewish Menorah and Muslim Ramadan Mubarak.

While American trees usually carry ornaments, tinsel and lights, these Christmas trees were decorated with animals, flowers, fruit, balls, candles, plates, boats, stars, flags dolls and other items showing cultural variety.

"Ours is one of the most diverse regions in the country, and these trees and cultural displays show it in heart-warming fashion," Pappas said.  The countries and traditions represent include:

African American, Albania, Assyrian, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Barbie, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Canada-Quebec, Carpatho-Rusyn, China, Colombia, Cornwall, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala.

Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India Catholic, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Native American, Nepal, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, Wales.


SOURCE Office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas