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Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

Hi everyone,

Christmas is almost upon us and after trying our fake tree from back home in our apartment, we had to conclude that our monster tree from back home was not going to fit.

I have tentatively persuaded my other half to consider an actual real tree, falling needles and all. Due to the narrowness of the two walls we can use, we would like to see the tree in all its glory before purchasing.

Does anyone have any tips for a place where they sell trees without nets or somewhere you can choose your own tree, in the vicinity of Thalwil/Zürich or around those parts?

Thanks!
Barbara
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

Our local Migros has them out the front on display...you choose what you want then they net it for you... there is an 'independent' seller down the road that does the same...

Just wait a bit... I believe according to German/Swiss Tradition, the Christmas tree is only unveiled on Christmas eve, and stays up until the 6th of January... (generally aligned to the '12 days of Christmas' - the 12 days being Christmas day (25th) through to the 5th of January)...the trees have only just arrived and definitely aren't properly on display at our Migros in Adliswil yet...although they had a few in nets last week...

A live Christmas tree, in my experience, will not last through to Christmas eve in the dry/heated air..if you get it too early... . we usually get ours on the first day of the school holidays, and then decorate it with the children...although traditionally I think it is all done by the adults and then 'unveiled' on Christmas eve, when Swiss children usually get their presents from under the tree.. it's considered bad luck to put it out early...

In general order:
Four Sundays before Christmas - first sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Christmas season (and traditional first day of the Church year). Decorate the home for Advent with four candles in a wreath, tree branches and decorations of light and stars...start buying presents (children can write a letter to Santa at this point).
6th December - St Nicholas' day - Samichlaus arrives to give the children peanuts, clementines and chocolates...and the "Grittibänz" which are the St-Nicholas shaped breads with sugar sprinkles. If you attend any Swiss style parties Samichlaus may come along and expect the child to give a rhyme or song in return for a piece of advice (based on being naughty or nice ...something they did good this year and could do better next year)...and in return they get their bag of peanuts, clementines and chocolate and maybe an extra gift)...
Christmas eve - unveiling of the Christmas tree. Giving of gifts, family celebration.
Christmas Day - usually low-key. Maybe you go to church, the Christmas season. Holiday with family.
6th January - official end of the Christmas season. Decorations (tree) is removed. This is 'three kings day' - watch out for the special bread/cake with a coin hidden inside (don't swallow it by mistake)... the person who finds the coin in their bread gets to wear a special 'kings hat' and be the 'king for a day'...
...around Zurich we have a special 'Christmas tree' recycling day when the garbage men will pick up the trees... put it in your diary cause it is a real hassle to have to take the tree to the waste disposal centre if you forget!

Each year I get a bit more of a sense of how it fits together between the seasons, traditions, religion and culture...
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

I would say every place I've been in ch let's you choose and pick your tree in full glory, be that a garden centre, temporary tree shop, or coop. They then put your chosen tree in a net for you to take home.
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

Of course they're in nets; how else do they catch them?
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

Ps. forgot to add...the '12 days' probably doesn't include Sundays...that's a church calendar thing...same with the days in Lent. 40 days not including Sundays...
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

While I still can



For free range trees go to Kuhn between Kindhausen and Illnau. Good selection - arranged by height - all standing in their natural glory
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

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Just wait a bit... I believe according to German/Swiss-German Tradition, the Christmas tree is only unveiled on Christmas eve
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No such tradition in these parts.

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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

Choose a Nordmanntanne. They lose far fewer needles than a cheaper Rottanne. Buying a tree at the last minute doesn't mean it didn't come from Scandinavia three weeks before that. I've bought them early and had no problems. I keep it on the balcony until Christmas Eve and mist spray it after a day or two inside.
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all your advice and tips!

Cheers,
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

We are lucky, our Commune has to open days where you can go and pick a tree harvested here in 'our' woods- all sizes- you can tell them in advance if you want something really large or small. Used to be free, but for last 2 years they make a 10CHF charge.

Do other Communes/GEmeinde not do this?

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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

Lake Zürich silver coast. Family Hitz, Stocken 15, 8820 Wädenswil.
Tel. 079 216 46 09 / 44 781 21 41.
Choose your tree. Cut it down yourself or freshly felled.
12./13. December and 19. /20. December mit Raclette.
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

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Choose a Nordmanntanne. They lose far fewer needles than a cheaper Rottanne. Buying a tree at the last minute doesn't mean it didn't come from Scandinavia three weeks before that. I've bought them early and had no problems. I keep it on the balcony until Christmas Eve and mist spray it after a day or two inside.
They say it's also a good idea to place the tree in a plastic bucket full of water during the day.

But do mind the temperature outside if you do.

Plastic instead of metal bucket so it won't break if the water freezes over (though that shouldn't happen if you mind the temperatures).
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Re: Where to go to get your unnetted christmas tree?

https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/ted/de/...staendern.html

Selfcut:

Forstgarten Albisgüetli, Uetlibergstrasse 355, 8045 Zürich:
Sunday, 20. Dez., 11am – 4pm

Werkhof Hönggerberg, Kappenbühlstrasse 149, 8049 Zürich:
Saturday, 19. Dez., 9am – 4pm
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