Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fact of the Day: O Tannenbaum

The song O' Christmas Tree is based on the original German song O Tannenbaum. Germany decorated trees before Christanity came to the region, and Tannenbaum does not literally mean "christmas tree'. It literally translates as "fir tree" as many Christmas trees are fir trees.

21 comments:

  1. I always hated having to sing that song in choir as a kid.

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  2. I love that song! Of course, being German, I have to... :-)

    -Kati

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  3. I love the song! cool to know where it originated :)

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  4. Very interesting! And I really like this song, too.

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  5. I thought this post would be about the movie The Royal Tenenbaums for some reason:D

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  6. Have you been listening to Christmas songs? Funny, this year I have heard very few of them but I have been in the Christmas spirit more than ever. Hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

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  7. Very interesting information. Most of the Christian practices were prevalent in the world even before Christianity came into existence. Best wishes

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  8. It is big business, Christmas trees.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  9. Interesting fact! I love the song and the melody.... but I love all Christmas/Holiday music!

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  10. This is one of my favorite Christmas song!

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  11. I figured the song might be German in origin.

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  12. A good song, never knew where it came from though

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  13. Best version of the song was from the Bethlehem Children's Choir- no longer in print, but it was so sweet.

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  14. Great fact...I always thought it was Christmas Tree...

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