My favourite time of Christmas: Chopping that tree into little bits of wood

Don’t get me wrong, pretty much everything else was wonderful about Christmas too. And the real cause of our joy is indeed real and important to me. But putting an axe to the tree just makes this Saturday particularly satifsfying. I am sure a certain carpenter from Nazareth would agree. Don’t you?

Chopping up the christmas tree (and some other bits of wood the kids dragged into the garden from Lord knows where) with a nicely sharpened axe is just therapeutic, healthy, outdoorsy fun. Especially when it is not freezing and one of your daughters admiringly watches Dad from the window; also, the rabbits love the fresh branches – and we add some wood to the pile. Lovely and ecologically aware, that.

Obligatory note: Yes, I know that according to our sacred Bavarian tradition that bloody tree should stay inside until Candlemas (2 February). But the cat already knocked over the tree twice and the needles are driving everyone mad. Get over it.

A Christmas tree for Munich

The small Bavarian village of Bad Kohlgrub has the honour of providing the Christmas tree for Munich this year.

This massive conifer weighs eight tons, stretches to almost thirty meters in length and is about 80 years old. 

On my way to work I took some snapshots this morning. The tree is all wrapped up and ready to go, covered with a sprinkling of the first snow of the season and against the backdrop of the Hörnle mountain.

The journey to the Bavarian capital commences tomorrow. Look forward to seeing it in full beauty in the middle of Munich’s Christmas market. Though I prefer trees in their natural environment and with their roots firmly in the ground.

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