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There's a holiday song called 'O Tennenbaum' that has the same tune as 'O Christmas Tree'....my question is this: Isn't Tennenbaum a Jewish name...what is the connection if at all...clear this up for me please?

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Brainy Blonde
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Brainy Blonde

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They are in fact the same song. Oh Tannenbaum is the traditional one in German.
Oh Christmas Tree is the english version translated. See:
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Dec 14 2001, 4:21 AM
finlady
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finlady
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In German tannenbaum means 'fir tree'. Yes Tannenbaum is a Jewish family name, but there is no connection to Christmas in the family name. The song however is refering to a fir tree. Our Christmas trees are fir trees.

Dec 14 2001, 11:08 AM
flem
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flem

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T-E-nnenbaum looks like a contamination between Dutch/Flemish and German. Dutch has {denneboom;German} has Tannenbaum. The song was made popular here during First World War.Also other songs such as 'Silent Night, Holy Night' pushed the existing, less sentimental medieval Christmas carols to the background.

Dec 14 2001, 6:25 PM
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