“O Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree)”


German Christmas song, known in English as "Oh Christmas Tree." In praise of the evergreen's ability to keep its needles all year long: "O tannenbaum, o tannenbaum, Wie treu sind deine blatter...."


Ian Bradley, in _The Penguin Book of Carols_, attributes the "O Tannenbaum" words to Ernst Anschutz in 1824, but Fuld offers the 1820 date, and I'm more inclined to trust him. - RBW

Same tune

  • Maryland! My Maryland (File: RJ19130)
  • Chamber Lye (File: RL659)
  • The Kinkaiders (File: San278)
  • General Lee's Wooing (File: SBoA233)
  • Lutefisk, O Lutefisk (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 20)
  • O Tom the Toad (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 50)
  • P.S. 52 (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 102)
  • National Embalming School (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 125)
  • New Mexico, We Love You (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 251)
  • Mule (File: MHAp225)

Cross references


  1. Silber-FSWB, p. 374, "Oh Tannenbaum (Oh Christmas Tree)" (1 text)
  2. Fuld-WFM, pp. 355-357, "Maryland, My Maryland -- (O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum!; Lauriger Horatius)"
  3. ADDITIONAL: Ian Bradley, _The Penguin Book of Carols_ (1999), #56, "O Tannenbaum" (1 text)
  4. BI, FSWB374B


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1799 (tune, "Melodien zum Mildheimischen Liederbuche"; lyrics published 1820)
Found in: Germany