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Also known as "O Tannenbaum" is a German Christmas carol whose earliest lyrics date back to the mid-16th Century. The melody is a traditional German folk melody whose origin is unknown.

This song pays tribute tot eh Christmas tree which is a pagan tradition, therefore, the Nazis promoted the song in an attempt to de-Christianize the winter holidays, as it doesn't actually mention Christmas or the birth of Christ.

In the 700s, a monk named Boniface wanted to prove that the belief that oak trees were sacred or magical was not true. He wanted people to understand that the Creator of trees was to be worshipped, not the trees. One Christmas season, Boniface became so frustrated with the pagan rituals surrounding the worship of oak trees that he angrily chopped a large oak tree down. When the mighty oak fell, it crushed everything in its path; everything except a tiny fir sapling. The survival of the sapling was declared a miracle by Boniface. In honor of this miracle, for many years afterwards people planted fir saplings to celebrate Christmas.

Eventually over time, people began bringing the bows of green into their homes. The custom was to tie a small tree upside down from the rafters, with no decorations.

Sources: thoughtco.com, sharefaith.com


from Austin for Christmas, released December 2, 2017


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Will Taylor & Strings Attached Austin, Texas

🎻 Violinist heard on The Office, NPR, & Collaborations w/Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, and Shawn Colvin. ❤️ Will Taylor and Strings Attached has made a name for itself by reworking iconic music like the Beatles ‘White album’, as well as Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Paul Simon, and Jimi Hendrix—adding jazz and roots flavors along with string arrangements to lovingly assembled acoustic renditions. ... more

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