O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Much pleasure dost thou bring me!
For every year the Christmas tree,
Brings to us all both joy and glee.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure dost though bring me!
This is the second stanza to the old German Christmas carol, "O Tannenbaum" or "O Christmas Tree", in English. It is believed to be an old folk tune, with the first Tannenbaum lyrics dating back to 1550. (A few states have actually borrowed this melody for their state songs. Maryland is one of them.) I first learned this song in German from my grandmother, who was born and raised in Germany. Although, to be fair, I never remembered more than, "Ach Tannenbaum, ach Tannenbaum, du bist ein edler Zweig! Du grünest uns den Winter, die liebe Sommerzeit".
I love having our Christmas tree up. I actually enjoy just sitting here looking at it. (Of course that usually requires chasing all the pups upstairs and banning Monday Night Football.)
(Notice said football...)
Countrymouse has been harping for years about the virtues of artificial trees but I won't acquiesce. Not only do I want a live tree, I also want a ginormous tree. Since we live in an old Victorian house, our ceilings are pretty accommodating.
Over the years we've had some pretty amazing trees and some pretty Charlie Brownish trees. The wonderful thing about Christmas trees is once they have twinkly lights, some ornaments and some love, they all look good.
Over the past several years, I've begun collecting vintage ornaments. Some of them I leave out all year round. Like these...
But most of them I put away every year. Unwrapping and seeing them each year always makes me smile.
Some of my favorites are:
My mother gave me the Rudolph one years ago. It's always been special and went up high on the tree so no little mice would get it. This year it's even more so.