Every year on the last day in April people in many towns here in Southern Germany put up a “Maibaum” (maypole) and have a great “First of May party”. It is a tree cut in the woods and brought to town. It is often painted or carved and there are often crafts signs on it. There is a competition from a local brewery and a jury elects the most beautiful tree. This year we decorated the tree and the surrounding space with the characters of a fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” from the Brothers Grimm. There are witches of course – one in the house, 5 high up in the tree and one carved into the tree. I did the carvings: the witch, a black cat and the year – 2010. It was not too difficult, but it was fun. By the way, the tree ist 23 metres (about 75 feet) high and today I read it won first price – a great honour (and lots of free beer!!!)
PS. Excuse my mistakes in English!