O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree

Christmas tree (21 Dec 2012)

Christmas tree (21 Dec 2012)


Not quite the tannenbaum of the German carol, my bamboo Christmas tree (made in the Philippines) is decorated with plaster cherubs, European cut glass baubles, a wooden ball from an Armenian friend, a glittering dragonfly … and plastic fronds of silver fern.

Oh! and the flashing lights came from a little Chinese shop that also offered shoulder massage and a bewildering assortment of novelty telephones.

I admit that, technically, the image is not quite up to scratch, but the mood is right, so I’m posting it anyway.

You might have worked out that I’ve cheated with the time-stamp on this post; I had intended posting on Christmas Day but had little opportunity to write.

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. (Oren Arnold


O Tannenbaum (“O Fir Tree”) is a German song. Based on a traditional folk song, it became associated with the Christmas tree by the early 20th century and sung as a Christmas carol. It is known in English as “O Christmas Tree”. (Wikipedia)

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