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Each of the Baltic nations - Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia - celebrates Christmas somewhat differently, but the roots of Christmas celebrations in these countries can all be traced back to pre-Christian times. The winter solstice was observed long before Christmas gained significance. Pagan traditions, Christian traditions, and secular traditions have combined to form today’s Baltic Christmastide observance. Since Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia gained their independence from the Soviet Union in the latter part of the 20th century, Christmas has been celebrated there with ever more popularity and exuberance. This is, in part, a means for these countries to express their identities and traditions, having emerged from an era when religion was widely discouraged, sometimes by force.

December 10 performance will take place at Immaculate Conception Chapel at Oblate School of Theology, while December 11 performance will take place at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.

Each of the Baltic nations - Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia - celebrates Christmas somewhat differently, but the roots of Christmas celebrations in these countries can all be traced back to pre-Christian times. The winter solstice was observed long before Christmas gained significance. Pagan traditions, Christian traditions, and secular traditions have combined to form today’s Baltic Christmastide observance. Since Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia gained their independence from the Soviet Union in the latter part of the 20th century, Christmas has been celebrated there with ever more popularity and exuberance. This is, in part, a means for these countries to express their identities and traditions, having emerged from an era when religion was widely discouraged, sometimes by force.

December 10 performance will take place at Immaculate Conception Chapel at Oblate School of Theology, while December 11 performance will take place at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.

Each of the Baltic nations - Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia - celebrates Christmas somewhat differently, but the roots of Christmas celebrations in these countries can all be traced back to pre-Christian times. The winter solstice was observed long before Christmas gained significance. Pagan traditions, Christian traditions, and secular traditions have combined to form today’s Baltic Christmastide observance. Since Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia gained their independence from the Soviet Union in the latter part of the 20th century, Christmas has been celebrated there with ever more popularity and exuberance. This is, in part, a means for these countries to express their identities and traditions, having emerged from an era when religion was widely discouraged, sometimes by force.

December 10 performance will take place at Immaculate Conception Chapel at Oblate School of Theology, while December 11 performance will take place at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.

WHEN

WHERE

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
6914 Wurzbach Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78240
https://www.tobincenter.org/box-office/2016-12/baltic-christmas

TICKET INFO

$15-$25
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