It’s Back!

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Sulzburg’s municipal Christmas tree in December. It would be trimmed once the holiday was over. 

I was expecting it to return May 1, but didn’t see the Christmas tree return as a May Pole. Mind you, I wasn’t in Sulzburg on May Day either, so I could have missed it.

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The after-Christmas look – January 16

Friday afternoon though the tree was back in the market square. I didn’t know why. Then, when I saw a similarly decorated pole as we drove through Britzingen this morning on the way to church, my wife suggested maybe it had something to do with Mother’s Day, which they celebrate in Germany on the same day they do in Canada.

I meant to ask my neighbours this afternoon when we joined them for Mother’s Day treats, but I forgot. Which means I still have no accurate knowledge as to how this tradition began, why a tree comes back later as a pole with a tree on top, and how it relates to Mother’s Day.

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A figure hanging from the tree as part of Fastnach, February 18

Hopefully I’ll know more next year. I hope you can wait until then. Below is how the tree looked this weekend.

 

 

 

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