It’s that time of year when many American families follow a delightful tradition in rural regions of the United States. A drive out to snowy woodlands culminates in searching out, choosing and cutting down (felling) a magnificent Christmas tree, strapping it to the car then transporting it home.
Fortunately for Americans and other expats living in the region, it is possible to uphold the tradition of felling a Christmas tree in the Ruhr Metropolis too.
Fir (Tanne) and spruce trees (Fichte) await to be felled in the rich woodlands of Forsthof Haard at Haltern am See in the northern region of the Ruhr. A few days later, freshly cut trees can also be purchased. See tab below for details and directions.
As anyone abroad who has watched a kitsch seasonal movie knows, decorating one’s own freshly cut tree is a marvellous experience. The beautiful scent is more intense while less needles are hopefully 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”.
Merry Christmas and enjoy!