Retired Christmas Trees

What happens to the streets after Christmas? In Berlin, they are ditched on the street to be collected. This is what it looks like.
10 Dec ’12 by Andreas Street Life

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!

Three comments

  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.”

    Cheers,
    Bianca.

  2. 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!