5 Dec 2012

Saint Barbara's Cherry Branch

Traditionally on the 4th December - the day of Saint Barbara - small cherry twigs are cut, placed in water and kept inside Catholic homes throughout Switzerland and other German-speaking countries. 

If all goes to plan, then on Christmas Day the sprig will display cherry blossoms. And if this happens precisely on the 25th, it is seen as a particularly good sign for the future.

Go on then, get your very own Kirschzweig, or flowering plant / tree (apple, forsythia, plum lilac etc.) and spruce up of your home with some more traditional, natural Christmas charm.