December 2020 Newsletter

The Christmas Tree

The Ambassador’s Column

By Ron Yeaw

 

I. INTRODUCTION

“O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, Your branches green delight us.”

“O Tannenbaum”, or in its English version, “O Christmas Tree”, is a carol of German origin that pays tribute to one of the most recognizable symbols and traditions of the Christmas season. The evergreen qualities of the Tannenbaum (German for fir tree) have long inspired musicians to write songs in its honor. The first of which dates back to 1550. The best known version was written in 1824 by Ernst Anschütz, a Leipzig organist and teacher.

 

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