Retired Christmas Trees

by Andreas · 10.12.2012 · Kiez Life · 3 comments

There is no Christ­mas without an ever­green fir tree.

The tra­di­tion of put­ting a Christ­mas tree in your home dates back many moons and I won’t bore you now with his­toric details (except for point­ing out this exhib­i­tion at the “Museum of European Cul­tures”, which show­cases Christ­mas pyr­am­ids, the Christ­mas dec­or­a­tion found in Ger­man homes before Christ­mas trees became commonplace).

Nev­er­the­less buy­ing the “right” tree (self-chopped, with roots, arti­fi­cial,…) and light­ing and dec­or­at­ing it in your pre­ferred style has been a mat­ter of debate each year (“Früher war mehr Lametta”). Des­pite all the struggle and effort, the Christ­mas tree only has a short life span and after the fest­ive sea­son it gets chucked away and basic­ally for­got­ten. For this reason I hit the streets of Ber­lin in Janu­ary to cap­ture the final sta­tion in a Christ­mas tree’s life before being picked up by Berlin’s waste col­lec­tion and sent to the shredder.

So in short, enjoy the Christ­mas sea­son and your tree while it lasts!

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  1. Da musste ich grad unwei­ger­lich an Marla Singer den­ken:
    “Someone loved it intensely for one day, and then tossed it. Like a Christ­mas tree. So spe­cial. Then, bam, it’s on the side of the road. Tin­sel still cling­ing to it. Like a sex crime vic­tim. Under­wear inside out. Bound with elec­trical tape.”


  2. Thanks a lot for the quote! Quite fit­ting indeed!

  3. That’s so funny. In San Fran­cisco it’s not as cheap as in Ber­lin and we don’t have Christ­mas tree’s — simply amaz­ing! My exist­ence has no mean­ing and I fol­low every trend, this why I love your blog!