Friday, December 07, 2012
My Christmas tree (s)
Juergen, Thomas and I bought a live Christmas tree last night. It is a Abies nordmanniana, the Nordmann Fir. Our tree is about 4 feet tall. I think we can place it on a small table and decorate it for this year. Then I'll transplant it, and use it again for a few more years. When it grows too big, I'll either cut it down and donate it to our church, or just keep it in the garden. We don't have many trees. And in the mean time, I am ordering a few seedlings of this same tree. I'll plant my own small tree farm. In 4 to 5 years I'll start using trees I planted as seedlings. I can get 4 year old seedling for only 1 Euro. A cut tree cost 35 Euro. So God willing, I will get 10 years worth of trees for less then the price of one cut tree. And when my trees get too big, I'll have trees to give to my church. The angle on the top of my tree is from the 1900 Nuremberg Christmas market. The Christkindlesmarkt "Christ Child Market" is the most famous Christmas market in the world. It began in the year 1610. It is famous for gingerbread. I’ve been there once about 6 years ago. Heidelberg also has a very nice Christmas market. My favorite market is in Strasbourg, France (about 2 hours from us). This market is from 1570. The Strasbourg Cathedral is really beautiful dressed in Christmas lights. And I know a very nice guest house where you can eat wonderful food for lunch. I’m going to have to get down there if I can. We are expecting snow (lot’s of snow) today. It isn't far to France, but you don't want to drive in the bad weather.