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O Christmas Tree

When you search the internet there are many versions of the Christmas Carol, “O Christmas Tree“, but not many of us know where this song first originated from. Well let me take you back in time, to where it first began and you can see how this Christmas Carol came to be.

In the beginning, O Christmas Tree was not sung as a Christmas Carol, but it was based on a traditional German folk song from the 16th Century, by Melchior Franck, “Ach Tannenbaum”.

The original lyrics of this song was not in reference to Christmas, but how a Fir Tree stood green all year round, evergreen. Melchior Franck, felt that these qualities of a tree was a symbol of constancy and faithfulness.

Later another writer Joachim August Zarnack, was inspired by the same folk song in 1819, and wrote a tragic love song, however replacing the lyrics “faithful” fir tree with a faithless lover.

In 1824 a talented organist, teacher and composer, Ernst Anschütz based on what we know today as “O Christmas Tree” on this 16th Century folk song. O Christmas Tree, only became associated with Christmas when, Ernst Anschütz wrote two verses and added them to the first verse of the original folk song.

By the early 19th century the Christmas tree started to become somewhat if a tradition, and soon after that this song, “O Christmas Tree” became a household Christmas Carol.

You may have even heard, or even sung part of “O Christmas Tree“, but in the German version, “O Tannenbaum” (“O Fir Tree”).
The word Tannenbaum means “Fir Tree” a type of Pine tree or a type of Conifer for us plant lovers.

Below you’ll find a lovely piece of O Christmas Tree clipart, and the lyrics to the English “O Christmas Tree” and German”O Tannenbaum” version.

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree Clip art

 

O Christmas Tree

1. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
O tree of green, unchanging.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
O tree of green, unchanging.
Your boughs, so green in summertime,
Do brave the snow of wintertime.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
O tree of green, unchanging.

2. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You set my heart a-singing.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You set my heart a-singing.
Like little stars, your candles bright,
Send to the world a wondrous light,
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You set my heart a-singing.

3. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You come from God, eternal.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You come from God, eternal.
A symbol of the Lord of Love
Whom God to man sent from above.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You come from God, eternal.

4. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You speak of God, unchanging.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You speak of God, unchanging.
You tell us all to faithful be,
And trust in God eternally.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
You speak of God, unchanging.

 

O Tannenbaum

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
wie treu sind deine Blätter!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
Wie oft hat nicht zur Weihnachtszeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!

O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
Gibt Trost und Kraft zu jeder Zeit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum!
Das soll dein Kleid mich lehren.

O Tannenbaum. First verse attributed to August Zarnack, 1820; second and third verses by Ernst Anschutz, 1824.

Green Christmas Tree

Isn’t funny how Christmas only seems like yesterday, and once again we are starting to plan for it, and thinking up ways to keep the kids entertained over the Christmas holidays, but if your stuck for ideas you can always use this green Christmas tree clip art to make fun paper craft projects. The kids will love it!

With the kids sorted, you can keep your sanity in check for this years festivities, especially if you’ve been chosen to be the host/hostess with the mostest.

This green Christmas tree is a simple piece of clip art, but it’s designed this way so that kids can use a variety of art supplies to decorate the green trees to give them pizzaz.

To discover the four fun ways to use green Christmas tree clip art, just read below and soon they’ll be well on their way to making all sorts of Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Green Christmas Tree

Undecorated Green Christmas Tree

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