"What would Christmas be without a Christmas Tree? It's unimaginable for most of us. Did you know that the Christmas tree originated in Germany? So did this very familiar song about the beloved Christmas tree..." -Loralee

This song is O Tannenbaum. The English song O Christmas Tree originally comes from this German carol.

O Tannenbaum - German Children's Songs - Germany - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*Or "trost" (comfort)


Lisa from Australia sent this alternate translation of the first verse:

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How faithful are your leaves
You're green not just in summer
No, also in winter when it snows.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How green are your leaves.


Lyrics: Ernst Anschütz (1824)

According to Wikipedia: "Anschütz based his text on a 16th-century Silesian folk song by Melchior Franck, 'Ach Tannenbaum'."



Sung by Amelia Chesley


Sung by the US Army Band.

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - O Tannenbaum

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Ulrike Bernhard for contributing this song, to Maguy Cabrol for translating it into French and to Monique Palomares for creating the midi music. 1st English translation by Lisa Yannucci and Monique Palomares. Many thanks to Lisa Stephan from the German Australian Playschool in Canberra, Australia, for the picture and the alternate translation of the first verse. Thanks to Loralee Jo Kurzius for her commentary.

Vielen Dank!