Notes on German Culture, Second Reich...1871 to 1918, WWI...First World War

When circumstances were difficult, as in 1917, then even a tiny tree would make Christmas special

Herzlichen Weihnachstgruss (heartfelt Christmas greeting) …an older German style wording for Frohe Weihnachten (Merry Christmas).

HerzlichenWeihnachtsgruss1917

This image is from a vintage 1917 WWI German Christmas card, depicting a lady joyfully reading a Weihnachstgruss from her soldier away at war. It also reflects the tradition that a Christmas tree always had to be there and when circumstances were difficult, then even a small tree would make it a special Christmas.

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