O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum Wo sind deine lieblichen Nadeln? O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum Hat dich jemand gestreift, während sie tweedten? Du bist rasiert und nackt und ohne Grün Keine schönen Wedel dort zu sehen O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum Ach, dein Meister, der Ärmste der Büttel.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Where are your lovely needles?
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree
Did someone strip you while they tweedled? You're shaved and bare and lacking green No lovely fronds there to be seen O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree Alas, your master, the poorest of beadles.
As the end of the year quickly approaches, out come "the lists" - the best ofs, the most populars, the trends of the year, the things we can do without in 2018. Since November they've been appearing regularly and making the rounds. I like lists. I can't say exactly why ... but I like them. In some cases it might be for the general knowledge they impart. Others for the surprise factor revelations. Still others because of the simple "I did not know that" factor. This one I found amusing. Based on tracking online items purchased throughout the year, Walmart put together this list of most popular items by state. Some? Pretty understandable. RV & marine antifreeze in Alaska? Makes perfect sense. Wisconsin's proclivity to buy Green Bay Packers bath mats? Yeah, I can see that. I even get the popularity of personal travel care kits for Utah. But ... root beer extract? "Ghost in the Shell" DVDs? Cinnamon-flavored toothpaste, watermelon-flavored gum and grape-flavored drink mix? Interesting, unexpected and comical selections from, respectively, Louisiana, Connecticut, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Ohio. (Louisiana's got something going on down there I feel I need to find out about.) Please, enjoy.