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Word Nerd: Tannenbaum

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsytannenbaum definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyTannenbaum is a fir tree or Christmas tree. Tannenbaum is the German word for fir tree.

Tannenbaum is a rather obvious choice of word, I know, since O’ Tannenbaum is a fairly familiar song even to those who don’t celebrate Christmas. The modern lyrics of O’ Tannenbaum were written in 1824 by the German composer Ernst Anschütz. A fun fact is that though the song and word Tannenbaum are associated with Christmas, the lyrics do not ever refer to Christmas nor to a decorated tree. Instead O’ Tannenbaum is about the fir tree’s evergreen quality as a symbol of faithfulness and consistency. It’s also worth noting that of the top 5 most popular Christmas tree choices (according to the Farmer’s Almanac) the tannenbaum, or fir tree, is the top 3!

Oh tannenbaum image crop from orginal photo by mourad saadi via LaWhimsyA glowing tannenbaum framed by the lovely branches of another tannenbaum ~ pure magic!

So there you go, tannenbaum is a great word and now you have some holiday and tree trivia to wow someone with! I have a few more delightful holidayish words to share and my health should be allowing me to post a lot more reliably ~ Thank You for still visiting and reading and for being so kind!

Namaste ~ Ella

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