“Some Christmas tree ornaments
do more than glitter and glow,
they represent a gift of love
given a long time ago.”
— Tom Baker
With a nod to the legendary German Christmas folk song, O Tannenbaum, and drawing on his German roots, American artist Ralf Feyl created a thoroughly German Christmas tree for the Florence Griswold Museum’s “Magic of Christmas” celebration.
Lore has it that the first Christmas tree was set up in 1419 in Freiburg, Germany, by the town bakers, who decorated the tree with fruits, nuts, and baked goods, which the children were allowed to remove and eat on New Year’s Day. Feyl’s tree replaces the fruit and nuts with exquisitely created wood ornaments and candles, all hand carved by his father.
The result, on exhibit at the Old Lyme, Conn. museum through January 6, is truly in line with the O Tannenbaum lyrics, “O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, you give us so much pleasure.”
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A truly German Christmas tree, created by American artist, Ralf Feyl. ― Photos by Mary O’Connor