Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum

December 22, 2018 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

Today we are highlighting the Federal Republic of Germany.

The tradition of decorating Christmas trees first began in 1419 in Freiburg, Germany. The custom was brought to North America by German-speaking immigrants in the 18th century. The German Christmas tree or Tannenbaum is traditionally decorated with straw stars, glass ornaments, wooden angels, nutcrackers, tinsel, candles and sweets.

DSC_4831 Germany 300x300.jpgThe Tannenbaum is usually decorated on Christmas Eve (December 24) and taken down on Three Kings’ Day (January 6), at which time children can raid the tree for the chocolate and marzipan treats.

Learn more about Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland is open daily, from 10am – 5pm. Fernbank Museum will be closed Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas. On Monday, December 31, 2018, Fernbank Museum will open at 12:30pm due to the museum’s ticketed family event, Noon Year’s Eve. The Giant Screen Theater resumes its normal schedule at 1pm.

Lead support for cultural learning provided by Nissan Foundation.


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