We got tons of weird looks from people, buying and bringing home a Christmas tree so “early”, but we found the perfect tree to take home with us on Saturday morning. We had to drive to a few different places but ended up at a big Max Bahr (which is like Home Depot) and they had a huge selection of trees. So we did some looking around, narrowed it down to two trees, and then made our final choice.
Our final two choices. We took the one on the left!
Once we’d picked our tree, we wrapped it up and headed back home.
Tobi carried it over his shoulder while riding his bike again, just like last year, but since we had to ride out further to get to this big Max Bahr, we took the S-Bahn home.
It’s fun being such an anomaly here. Everyone’s always so surprised. It just shows there are certain things that really are simply a matter of habit and tradition. I can’t imagine not having my tree during the whole Christmas season just as much as my German friends and students can’t imagine having it up so early. After a certain point, though, it does get annoying because you hear the same comment every time – will it live until Christmas? Of course it will. Plenty of other Americans have been doing this for ages, and I’ve never heard of someone’s tree dying before Christmas. (Although technically it’s already dead, isn’t it?)
However, for those who have seen our tree so far, we’ve gotten tons of compliments on how beautiful it is. And it is! It looks great and I am so happy it’s Christmastime again! And you know what? I think some people are secretly jealous.
Pictures of our decorated tree coming up next!
When do you usually put up your tree? My family always did it the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I’m sticking to that tradition. And do you have a fake one or do you prefer real trees? We always had a fake one, but I think I rather like having a real tree. Ours smells really good this year!