The writer of the first version of the German song O Tannenbaum did not have Christmas in mind. The song personified the fir tree’s enduring loyalty to staying green year-round, in contrast with a lover’s unfaithfulness. One might say it was a love song. Its roots began 400 years ago. (fir:tanne tree:baum)
Did you know balsam fir leaves persist for eight years?
Do you have a favorite rendition of the song? Let’s take a look at what it says.