Oh (no!) Tannenbaum

 O Tannebaum, O Tannebaum,
You give us so much pleasure!
How oft at Christmas tide the sight,
O green fir tree, gives us delight!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!

O Tannenbaum, says Wikipedia, is a german song composed in the 19th century. We’ve all sung it during Xmas holidays, at some point, and apparently it was such a big hit in Germany that american people decided to steal it take inspiration from it and use its melody to create the official states’ songs of Maryland, Michigan, Florida and Iowa, accidentally forgetting to let everybody know that the tune wasn’t original, just like Natalie Imbruglia did with Torn.  According to Wikipedia, its lyrics refer to the fir’s evergreen qualities as a symbol of constancy and faithfulness.

Makes you think that germans love their Christmas Trees.

Makes you think they have respect for them.

Makes you think they wouldn’t use them and then throw them away like they would do with any worthless Restmuell.

Well, think it again. Germans are not who they say they are. And that happy song is clearly missing the part where they drag the tree out of the house, just a few days after Christmas, and abandon it on the sidewalk like a useless carcass.

You don’t believe me? Let’s have a look at the infographic.


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Thrown out

Now they’re doing it with the Christmas Trees.


Here’s a tweet I found:

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