Our Christmas tree tells travel stories

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Our Christmas tree
Our Christmas tree
Our Christmas tree 2016 by Aunt Tanne


Travel at Christmas time have been part of our lives for years. We are just from ours # Winter Happiness Journey through North Rhine Westphalia come back. A few weeks ago we were visiting the Christmas market in Schweinfurt, I could extend the list with countless Christmas travel experiences that would go beyond the scope of this article. One thing is for sure: these trips did not only take us to our immediate surroundings, but also to other continents. Over time, this led me to discover the Christmas shops in other countries in times when we were free to do so. And they are not only open at Christmas time. So, over time, I started bringing Christmas souvenirs from my travels, which we now hang each year on our Christmas tree. In this way, every year, our Christmas tree tells of new travel stories that I have experienced myself and that remind me of beautiful memories at this time. In this blog post I introduce you to my very personal Christmas memories that our Christmas tree tells:


Our Christmas tree
Christmas angel


Our Christmas tree tells about New York City

As a tour guide, I've been taking city trips to New York City for a long time, where I've always had some time for my own business. Of course, strolling through the shopping worlds of the Big Apple played an important role. Often just to look, but sometimes I just could not resist and brought home selected Christmassy souvenirs. I discovered two Christmas shops that might be interesting for your New York travel:


Our Christmas tree
glass moon


Christmas tree decoration from the Southstreet Seaport

If you drive up the escalator in the South Street Seaport shopping center, you inevitably stumble into the Christmas shop on the mezzanine. There is the melody of "Jingle Bells" all year round and Bing Crosby sings of a "White Christmas". From there I brought back the glittering glass moon and the carved wooden angel, which receives a place of honor at the top of the Christmas tree every year. Since I was very often in New York City, the golden snowflake also comes from the Christmas shop at Southstreet Seaport.


Our Christmas tree
Golden snowflake


Christmas decorations from the Trump Tower in New York City

Of course, every sightseeing tour of New York City includes a walk along Fifth Avenue. Besides a visit to Tiffanys I was always in the Trump Tower on the New York Boulevard, where I discovered the Christmas shop on the first floor during one of my stays, which can be reached by the escalator. There, the Christmas tree decoration was a bit more expensive, but also nobler than the port in the south of Manhattan. From there I brought me these two memorabilia: the golden harp and the pretty golden trumpet, which adorns our Christmas tree every year with its tassels.


Our Christmas tree
Golden harp
Our Christmas tree
Golden trumpet


Our Christmas tree tells of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Every year we hang a little Indian Madonna from Santa Fe, New Mexico, on our Christmas tree. I discovered them in an extraordinary Christmas shop in the market square of Santa Fe directly opposite the governor's palace. There are many Native American Christmas motifs. The Indian Madonna is made of clay and therefore quite heavy, so I always have to choose a particularly strong branch on our Christmas tree so that it does not pull down the whole branch in the course of time. Therefore, it usually hangs on the stronger branch branches near the trunk. To make it stand out, I usually attach it near a candle.


Our Christmas tree
Indian Madonna


Our Christmas tree tells of Banff in Alberta

One of my favorite souvenirs is a lasso-wielding cowboy Santa Claus riding a horseshoe on our Christmas tree. This Christmas souvenir I discovered in a Christmas shop on the main street in Banff in the Canadian province of Alberta. It's so typical of the region that I just could not resist and had to have it for our annual Christmas tree ornaments. He therefore always gets a position on our Christmas tree, where he is clearly visible. He always provides conversation material for visitors. And a lot of nice memories of my trips to Banff and Alberta.


Our Christmas tree
Cowboy Nicholas


Our Christmas tree tells about Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario

The last piece I want to introduce to you is our nutcracker from the pretty village of Niagara-on-the-Lake on the shores of Lake Ontario in the Canadian province of the same name in the east of the country. You can not miss this Christmas shop. It is located near the Town Clock on the main road and offers the best Christmas decorations on several floors. Again, there are bizarre and unusual Christmas souvenirs. I chose the nutcracker, which can also be found here, because Niagara-on-the-Lake is not too far away from Kitchener, where many German settlers have settled down. This is probably one of the reasons why the traditional nutcracker got to this place. In any case, he does well every year on our Christmas tree.


Our Christmas tree


Even our Christmas tree has traveled - by mail

Another tip for all of you who travel a lot. This year we have avoided the usual Christmas stress that usually causes us to buy our Christmas tree just before the holidays and then usually have to take the one that still exists. This year we came across the offer of Aunt Tanne, a Christmas tree delivery on the Internet, over which one can choose his Christmas tree by size. The Christmas tree will be delivered to the house punctually on the agreed date, which can be easily adapted to your schedule. Or almost on time - we arrived one day earlier than agreed. Therefore, one should better calculate one to two days buffer. We were skeptical at first if we would get a nice and even grown tree, but we are thrilled with our Christmas tree from Tante Tanne. He would not be better if we had chosen him. In any case, this is a very practical service that helps to reduce the Christmas stress.

More Christmas stories from travel bloggers you will find on the Travel bloggers Advent from Janett.

We thank Tante Tanne for the beautiful Nordmann fir, with which we were allowed to test their service. Money did not flow for this article. Our opinion remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Our Christmas tree tells travel stories

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn