Christmas and Holiday Traditions around the World Exhibition at Meijer Gardens
Christmas and Holiday Traditions around the World Exhibition at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park features more than 40 international trees and displays including Ursula Astras straw Christmas ornaments on the Lithuanian tree. This year, the tree was decorated by Loretta Beukema, Todd Alkevicius and Don and Kathy Astras. It was the 20th year that Ursula’s ornaments have adorned the tree.
Lithuanian Community supports tree decoration
The Alkevicius, Astras and Beukema families along with the Grand Rapids Lithuanian-American Community have been supportive to preserve this centuries-old tradition of decorating with straw ornaments. They appreciate that Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park focuses on the authenticity of holiday traditions and honors holiday cultures around the world, especially those of Lithuania.
To learn how to make your own Lithuanian Christmas tree ornaments from straw, see our Folk Art Workshops page. We wish you a Merry Blessed Christmas or Linksmų Šventų Kalėdų!