There were things I missed by being in Canada last month, especially the Christmas tree in Sulzburg’s town square. For me it is a highlight of the season.
The tree is still there, but the lights have been removed. Soon it will be taken down and most of the branches stripped from it, Then it will return in late February for Fastnacht, the local celebration of witchcraft.
It will be removed from the square after that, then reappear once more as a May pole on the first day of May. My guess is after that the remains get fed into a wood chipper and the tree becomes mulch for the town gardens. Obviously, Sulzburg gets good use out of the tree.
Looking at the tree in the market square this week, I was sad that I hadn’t seen it with festive lights. That is a drawback of not being able to be in two places at once. Still, I get to enjoy it now and imagine how impressive it looked a month ago.
No regrets – it was great to be able to spend Christmas in Canada and see some snow. There is none in the forecast here for the rest of the month, and temperatures will only get warmer in February. I’m not sure if I will ever get used to a winter with no snow, but if the climate change predictors are right I may have to.
Snow or no snow, I can enjoy this majestic tree.