#6 Oh Tannenbaum!

Our little Golf battled mountains of snow, but we managed to return with our very first Christmas tree! And we weren’t alone. Over the course of the day we saw dozens of prickly, netted pyramids being hoisted onto shoulders, pulled along on sleds, dragged along streets or otherwise transported to waiting homes. You may think we’ve left this job a bit late, but not by German standards. Most trees will go up around the 23rd, and be left standing in their glory until well into January or later, depending on your views about such things. It’s a political issue, from what I hear.

Our tannenbaum is a Nordmann pine, stout and bushy. Its needles are shorter than those of the many trees I’ve sat under in Australia, but with much the same delicious smell. Being rather short on ornaments, the question now is how to decorate. I feel a bit of crafting is in order.

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8 Responses to “#6 Oh Tannenbaum!”


  1. 1 Jill December 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Crafting sounds most fun anyway…..the mind boggles with possibilities. I remember one year when we spent a brief stopover Christmas in Hawaii….resorted to shredded green cellophane paper pinned as Christmas tree onto the curtains of our condominium and duly decorated. We did then string fairy lights (coming home to Australia as a souvenir of NE US). Spirit no lost.

    Have fun with your creativity.

    Lots of love,
    JIll

  2. 3 Samantha December 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Ally, Yay Christmas decoration craft – the best kind of craft! My hot tips for cheap/free decorations that actually do look nice are:
    Popcorn strings – sounds odd does actually look quite cool. Popcorn kernels are no expensive and you can make heaps of strings from one packet.
    Paper snow flakes – Fold up white paper and cut out tiny details snow flakes and tie them to the tree branches.
    Knitted Bell – Free because I know you have a wool stash over there somewhere 🙂 On my blog I wrote about my knitted bell (remember you helped me cast it off?) It seriously took me a couple hours (which for you would be a couple of minutes!) and the bell actually looks REALLY good! Post photos if you make some!

    http://hand-quilter.blogspot.com/2010/11/knitted-bell.html

    I have linked to the pattern in the blog post.

    Love that you have a tree! Will you be putting lights or candles on it?

    Sam xoxoxox

    • 4 mavisandfrank December 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks Sam! I have plans 🙂 Will let you know as soon as it’s done. I considered candles but it turns out our place is uninsured for fire. Lights it is. Thanks heaps for posting the link. Of course I remember it 🙂

  3. 5 Arthur December 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Ah at last!!! Remember to lie underneath with Rose and look up my darlings.
    Merry Christmas
    Mum

  4. 7 Carol Jesson December 19, 2010 at 1:11 am

    You are a very talented lady, so am sure you will think up some very inventive ideas – take a photo when completed. Love to you all & a blessed Christmas. Luv Carol & Gordon


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