O Christmas tree (O Tannenbaum)

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“O Tannenbaum” was originally a traditional German folk song, which turned into a Christmas Carol in the early 20th century. The lyrics refer to the Tannenbaum, a fir tree, that is admired as a symbol of faithfulness and constancy. When it was translated into English, the symbolism was shifted towards the tree as a Christmas holiday feature. Click here to scroll down to a more detailed song history


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“O Christmas tree” lyrics (German)

1.  O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!
Du grünst nicht nur zur Sommerzeit,
Nein, auch im Winter, wenn es schneit.
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Wie treu sind deine Blätter!

2. O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!
Wie oft hat schon zur Winterzeit
Ein Baum von dir mich hoch erfreut!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Du kannst mir sehr gefallen!

3. O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren:
Die Hoffnung und Beständigkeit
Gibt Mut und Kraft zu jeder Zeit!
O Tannenbaum, o Tannenbaum,
Dein Kleid will mich was lehren!

“O Christmas tree” lyrics (English)

1. O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!
They are green when summer days are bright,
They are green when winter snow is white.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!

2. O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
You give us so much pleasure!
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
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!

3. O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Forever true your colour.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Forever true your colour.
Your boughs so green in summertime
Stay bravely green in wintertime.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
Forever true your colour.

4. O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
You fill my heart with music.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
You fill my heart with music.
Reminding me on Christmas Day
To think of you and then be gay.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
You fill my heart with music.

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“O Christmas tree” Music Score with chords in F

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“O Christmas tree” Music Score with chords in D

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“O Christmas tree” Teaching ideas

The measure 3/4 is not so common among Christmas carols. It happens that the figure of the tree is a triangle, like the movement we have for conducting this measure.

Try to “draw” on the air, preferably with the right hand, a triangle. Start from the top, go down inside, then straight out (the base of the triangle), and up to the top again. This is the shape of the tree, and the figure of the 3/4 measure too!

Repeat this “drawing” while singing the melody. Children look at the teacher and follow him. At the end of the verse they manage to conduct the song!

Now find out the “strong” beat of the measure (the first one, at the first line we draw on by hand, from the top -> down inside) and ask a child to hit the tambourine on it. For the second and third beat another child plays e.g. the triangle. We sing and conduct all together, two children play on instruments.



“O Christmas tree (O Tannenbaum)” Song History

The lyrics of “O Tannenbaum” were written in 1824 by organist, teacher and composer Ernst Anschütz, who lived in Leipzig, Germany.

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Anschütz based his lyrics on a 16th-century folk song written by Melchior Franck, “Ach Tannenbaum”. The custom of decorating a tree at Christmas developed during the 19th century. When Anschütz added his own two original verses to the first, traditional verse, he laid the path to the song being considered a Christmas carol.


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