O Tannenbaum

Nothing says the holidays quite like a decorated fir tree. People have been doing it for thousands of years to celebrate winter festivals, Pagans, Christians, even the Romans used fir trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia.

Because the winter solstice is the darkest time of the year, Dec. 21-22, people used evergreen boughs and trees as a reminder of the sun and the spring to come. In the 16th Century, devout German Christians brought decorated trees into their homes and are credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition, as we know it today.

We’ve come a long way from our pagan roots, to the point where the Christmas tree has become a ubiquitous symbol throughout the world. People of many faiths have adopted the tradition, from the original pious Germans to the Japanese to the Americas and even to the Sahara desert.

Today approximately 300 million Christmas trees are grown on tree farms around the world as part of a $2 billion dollar industry. Now, that’s spreading holiday cheer!

“O Tannenbaum”

By: Ernst Anschütz, 1824

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter.
Du grünst nicht nur
zur Sommerzeit,
Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter.

 

 “O Christmas Tree”

English Translation

 O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
How loyal are your leaves/needles.
You’re green not only
in the summertime,
No, also in winter when it snows.
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How loyal are your leaves/needles.

From all of us at Allcare Maintenance Services Inc., we wish you a joyous holiday season and a Fresh New Year!

 

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