Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Oh, Tannenbaum! Oh, Tannenbaum!

Since moving to Germany, I've become aware of several Christian holidays my family sort of skimmed over.  Three Kings Day is one of them.  On this day, when the Magi's visiting Jesus is remembered, Christmas trees throughout Germany are taken down and put outside to be picked up by the local disposal service.  Not sure why this day has been chosen, but it helps give me a date to aim for, for undecorating from Christmas.

Because we live on the fourth floor of our building, we make use of our large windows facing our buildings' driveway to throw the tree out the window.  The kids love this! And usually immediately ask if we can do it again:)
After reading on the disposal company's website that christmas trees should be cut to 1 meter pieces, Igor  has taken to using his Samurai sword to help chop the tree down to size.  He's originally from Croatia; maybe that explains some of the craziness that happens in our house:)

Do you have a certain date when you take down your Christmas tree and decorations? What's your favorite after-Christmas tradition?

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