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:

Theresa Mahoney said...

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

Kati said...

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

-Kati

Bob Bushell said...

Great piece of history.

RaeAbigael said...

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

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

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

Margaret D said...

Nice to know.

Pat Hatt said...

Funny how some things start

Emmylou said...

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

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Another good pagan custom!

CiCi said...

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!

Christine said...

well who knew! Great find!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

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

FilipBlog said...

It is big business, Christmas trees.

Greetings,
Filip

Dascha said...

So cool!!

xoxo
Dascha

CraveCute said...

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

Gloria Baker said...

This is one of my favorite Christmas song!

stephen Hayes said...

I figured the song might be German in origin.

Holy Ghost Writer said...

A good song, never knew where it came from though

Dixie@dcrelief said...

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

The Happy Whisk said...

Fun post.

bj said...

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