The Bräutigamseiche (German for "bridegroom's oak") is an ancient oak near Eutin in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. According to legend, the oak was planted by a Celtic lord in gratitude towards a Christian girl who saved his life. It is also said that a girl who walks around the tree three times in silence and without laughing while the full moon is shining and she thinks of her beloved, she will marry within the year.
On June 2, 1891, two lovers started meeting under the tree. When the father of the girl learned of this and tried to separate them, they started to exchange letters via a hole in the tree until the father relented, after which they married under the tree. Since that time, a tradition has sprung up where people from all over the world send letters to the tree (which has its own postal address) in the hopes of finding a partner or spouse. Up to 40 letters arrive each day, and anyone can read them or take them with them.
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- Adding a tree with the same function can provide a nice touch of local color to a community.