Christmas Tree Cutting

Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

 
The decorated family Christmas tree and beautiful dog Kiva.
© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

Numerous American families follow a wonderful tradition in rural regions of the United States at this time of year. A drive out to snowy (or not) woodlands is followed by a journey of discovery to find the “right” spruce or fir tree. Their choice “Tannenbaum” is then felled, dragged to their vehicle and transported home.

Cutting down your own Christmas tree is a magnificent experience. Fortunately for expats living in the region, you can uphold the age old tradition of felling a Christmas tree in the vicinity of Düsseldorf too.

Christmas trees that may be from Germany are sold on many street corners and squares throughout Düsseldorf. Large stores such as IKEA and OBI also sell them. Most originate in Norway or Denmark. What they all have in common is a long journey as well as the length of time before reaching the customer. There is another option.

Fir (Tanne) and spruce trees (Fichte) await to be felled in a few places around Düsseldorf. Some only allow cutting on certain days, often the last weekend of Advent, while freshly pre-cut trees can be purchased on other days. Schlosshof Garath in Düseldorf appears to allow selection for each and every tree they sell. Gut Diepensiepen in Ratingen comes a very close second with what seems to be the same concept. Both allow you to cut personally or will fell the chosen Christmas tree for you.

As anyone abroad who has watched a kitsch seasonal movie will know, decorating one’s own freshly cut tree is a marvellous experience. The beautiful scent is more intense and normally less needles are dropped. All that remains is to pile presents around the base, gather together, grab some eggnog and read Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

A very merry Christmas and enjoy!

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The big wheel by night with bright lights in Düsseldorf
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v. Burgsdorffsche Forstverwaltung Schlosshof Garath

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