The First Cherokee Christmas

Cherokee Nation Owned
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November 17, 2020–January 2, 2021

Use this holiday season to experience "The First Cherokee Christmas" at the Cherokee National History Museum. This special exhibit features natural decorations and traditional displays that were featured in 1805 during the first Cherokee Christmas when Moravian missionaries were invited by Cherokee James Vann to his home in Georgia.

The exhibit, running now through January 2, 2021, showcases not only how those Cherokee traditions began, but also shows how quickly they grew in popularity. In just a few years, the Christmas celebration at the Vann home hosted hundreds and featured singing, prayers and Bible readings in both English and Cherokee.

Whether a day trip or an extended getaway, Cherokee Nation makes the trip well worth it.
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