Thursday, December 15, 2011

O Tannenbaum


The ever green branches, a symbol of everlasting life; its triangular shape, a symbol of the Holy Trinity; its branches and top, pointing toward heaven. At least that's one of the legends about the first Christmas tree: around the 8th century Saint Boniface, a missionary in Germany, told Christian converts to bring evergreen trees into their homes to honour Christ's birth.

We picked ourselves a 6' fraser fir from our favourite tree farm, Serena's very happy place with its irresistable fragrance, hot dogs by the fire, and hot apple cider.


We were hesitant to bring a tree home to two kittens who might view it as a great big toy. We even contemplated (ever so briefly) a plastic tree, or a Lego tree. But our annual trek to the Christmas tree farm and Serena picking out a tree and decorating it has become too precious a family tradition to give up. Thankfully Jack & Jill are behaving (so far), and we sing:

"O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!
Thou hast a wonderous message.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!
Thou hast a wonderous message.
Thou dost proclaim the Saviour's birth,
Goodwill to men and peace on earth.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!
Thou hast a wonderous message."

Related Reading:
"Christmas Tree Farm" by Ann Purmell
"O Christmas Tree: Its History and Holiday Traditions" by Jacqueline Farmer

2 comments:

  1. Beautiful! My bunny has been eating my tree, and Ben has been ripping all the ornaments off, so at least you are faring better with the cats :)

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  2. You must have had a hard time to pick just the right tree.It must be a delight to look at.
    A great family tradition Great song as well
    Nanny & Papa

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