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bibbi
11-19-2007, 12:38 PM
The German Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is a gift from the German countries, the famous tannenbaum of song. Originally, the wreath was the only decoration until Christmas Eve. On the night before Christmas, the German mother would trim the tree, using lighted candles. When the tree was ready, she signaled her family by ringing a bell. Though wax candles were the tradition, hand-blown glass ornaments, many of great elaboration, first appeared in Germany. The family gathered around the tree to exchanges presents, then continued on to Mass. Although we do not know with certainty, the tree may have evolved from the Paradise play, a medieval mystery play which represented Adam and Eve and their expulsion from paradise. Eden was represented as a large tree decorated with apples set in a circle of lighted candles.

UKJules
11-19-2007, 01:20 PM
I can remember singing "Oh Christmas Tree" in German at school.........although I cannot remember much of it now :wink: Do you know it Anne :?:

bibbi
11-19-2007, 01:25 PM
Here is a link from YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCURCOIi1uE
This is Oh Tannebaum. There are some other songs there as well.
ENJOY! :D

Flash
11-19-2007, 01:42 PM
Anne, thank you for the very interesting information! Not even I knew that (and I am German :oops: ).
Maybe I should pay a little more attention in future :shock:

Tracy
11-19-2007, 02:53 PM
I remember singing Oh Tannenbaum and Stille Nacht (sp?) in the 3rd grade Christmas play.
Each class was a country and we were Germany. "Christmas Around The World" was the theme :)

I can't remember *any* of OhTannenbaum, but I do rememeber *all* of Stille Nacht ( Silent Night ) 8)

sara
11-20-2007, 01:56 PM
Anne, this Christmas Tree story is wonderful!!!
I can imagine mothers ringing bells after decorating it... :lol: :lol:

Tracy, I also can sing each word of Stille Nacht in both English and German, but I remember only a verse of Oh Tannenbaum:

Oh Tannenbaum oh Tannenbaum
wie grün sind deine Blätter..... :lol:

In Italian it's "Oh Albero".. quite similar to the german version! :wink:

UKJules
11-21-2007, 06:18 AM
That song certainly brought back some memories..........I think I was about 8 or 9 years old when I sang that in a chrismas assembly :lol: "Oh Tannenbaum"....... :D :D :D

bibbi
11-21-2007, 08:51 AM
Yes. It brings lots of memories for me too.
Here are the lyrics in German.

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

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
Wie oft hat schon zur Winterszeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
Gibt Mut und Kraft zu jeder Zeit!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren!

sara
11-21-2007, 09:07 AM
Anne!!!!! Endlich habe ich den ganzen Text!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D
It's great!!!! I'll sing it to all my friends and relatives this year!!! :P :lol:

Petra
11-21-2007, 10:49 AM
Hi Anne, Hi Sara,
your German is so wonderful :D :D :D :D :D

And yes, of course, this song gives me too a lot of memories.

I have an old LP from my childhood called Klingender Adventskalender
and this song is on the LP.

It makes soooooo many Christmas-Feeling, it's great!

Thanks very much for posting this text.

Greetings

Petra

sara
11-21-2007, 11:35 AM
You're right! :D
When I was at the Primary school I had to sing it (the Italian version of course) with other pupils at Christmas time in fromt ofall teachers and parents.... :lol:

But the German version is extremely better... nice sound.. nice wors.... you all know that I adore German language! :wink:

About Christmas Tree..
At home we've got a tradition:
When you get married and form a new family, you decorate the Chr.Tree just with "natural" things (es. pinecones, walnuts, pomegranate .....)
Then you start each year to buy a new decoration (a particular one, symbolical...) each year. Only one a year (but they must be really special!)
And after many years you have a particular Tree, different from all the others!
My parents have been married for 30 years, so we have 30 "special" decoration (common ones are allowed to be added during the years!!)
If I marry Stef, we'll start again from the beginning.... :roll:

Petra
11-21-2007, 11:53 AM
Hello Sara,
what a wonderful tradition! :D

Greetings

Petra

bibbi
11-22-2007, 10:13 AM
Ciao Sara!

That is a wonderful tradition. I myself only have a foot high Christmas tree. Unfortunately, I can't have a real one with having two cats. They'd be climbing the tree and knocking down the decorations. :lol:

Hugs,
Anne :)

sara
11-26-2007, 04:49 AM
Hi Petra; Hi Anne.. what a pity for your tree... cats are wonderful but sometimes they can be a calamity...... :lol:
I couldn'thave Christmas without my Christmas tree... I prepared itin these days.... it takes a lot of time to get it prepared!! It's much taller than me... more or less 2 meters!! :P :lol:

Next week te presepe (crib) will be done too.....


OH OH OH..... MARRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Petra
11-26-2007, 05:26 AM
Hi Sara,
my tree is 2 meters too, but it is not a real one, well it is easier to have a
"plastic" tree (not really plastic). The tree looks very like an original-tree.
It is so wonderful to have a high tree, I love it :D :D :D

Now I am at work (at home I have PC problems) :(

My voice is back again, I am really happy about it :D :D :D

Greetings

Petra

sara
11-26-2007, 07:40 AM
Hi Sara,
my tree is 2 meters too, but it is not a real one, well it is easier to have a
"plastic" tree (not really plastic). The tree looks very like an original-tree.
It is so wonderful to have a high tree, I love it :D :D :D

Now I am at work (at home I have PC problems) :(

My voice is back again, I am really happy about it :D :D :D

Greetings

Petra

Yeah, my tree isn't natural, too!! :oops: :lol: But It look like it were!! :wink:
I'm glad for your voice, now you can sing Oh Tannenbaum again!! :P :lol:

Computers are always crazy..... :roll: But they're a great instrument: they allow us to become friends!! :D

Petra
11-26-2007, 07:45 AM
Hi Sara,

"But they're a great instrument: they allow us to become friends!!"

Yes, this is really true!!! :D :D :D :D :D

I can't live without a PC :oops:

Greetings

Petra

sara
11-26-2007, 07:51 AM
Hi Sara,

"But they're a great instrument: they allow us to become friends!!"

Yes, this is really true!!! :D :D :D :D :D

I can't live without a PC :oops:

Greetings

Petra

I think the best thing in the world is melting the best of tradition (like Christmas tree) and the best of innovation (like computers)...... both of them are important and useful...... :wink:

UKJules
11-26-2007, 11:55 AM
Hi everyone :D

Yes, computers are amazing aren't they.........we can communicate with people from all over the world :!:

Well, my christmas tree is also not real (artificial) :!: I usually put it in the lounge.......so my cats & dogs can't knock it over :!: If not the cats would probably climb up it :lol:

Take care
Jules x

bibbi
11-26-2007, 12:14 PM
Here are part of the lyrics to Oh Tannebaum in English

Oh Christmas Tree (English)

1st
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, of all the trees most lovely.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, of all the trees most lovely.
Refrain
Each year you bring to me delight, meaning in the Christmas night.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, of all the trees most lovely.

2nd
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, with faithful leaves unchanging.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, with faithful leaves unchanging.
Refrain
Your boughs are green in summers glow and do not fade in winters snow.
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, with faithful leaves unchanging.

I speak both German and English fluently. I am German too. I've got dual citizenship Canadian and German, my younger brother too. On Sunday my brother was decorating his Christmas tree and we were singing Oh Tannenbaum in German and English. :D

sara
11-26-2007, 01:15 PM
That's incredibly great Anne!!!! Thank you for posting it!! :D :D
Here is the Italian version:

Oh Albero Oh Albero
ridesti in noi l'amore!
Dai boschi vieni oh albero
nel giorno di Natale
Oh Albero Oh Albero
che allieti il divin giorno...!!

I know only the first stanza..... :oops: :oops:

BTW, Anne.. you're card hasn't arrived yet.. I'm so sorry.. :(