• The tradition of using the evergreen tree around the winter solstice goes back all the way to ancient Egypt!
  • The Romans used to make wreaths of evergreen to hang on their front doors during the Roman holiday of Saturnalia.
  • The lyrics to the song, O’ Tannenbaum are often thought to mean the German word for ‘CHRISTMAS Tree’. They aren’t. Tannenbaum means ‘fir tree’ in German. However, O’ Weihnachtsbaumdoesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
  • The idea of decorating the tree wasn’t initially for people. In many cultures, wintertime was thought to bring evil spirits. By placing gifts (or sacrifices of grain and seeds, if you will) upon the TREES, people hoped that birds and small animals would scare the evil spirits off.
  • Decorating the tree (for people) started in Latvia in the early 1500s, but they didn’t use ornaments and tinsel. Back in those days, food way the number one way to decorate a tree: Gingerbread, sugar candy, apples, nuts, and berries were placed or tied onto the boughs for the family to eat.
  • There are 25-30 million CHRISTMAS TREES sold in the United States, each year.
  • For every CHRISTMAS tree harvested, 1-3 seedlings are planted. Currently, there are 350 million CHRISTMAS TREES growing in the United States.
  • 9 million artificial TREES were purchased in the United States in 2012.
  • Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for CHRISTMAS TREES in 1882. CHRISTMAS tree lights were first mass-produced in 1890.
  • Today, most artificial CHRISTMAS TREES are made from PVC plastic. PVC TREES are fire-retardant but not fire-resistant. Eighty percent of artificial TREES worldwide are manufactured in China.
  • Artificial CHRISTMAS TREES were developed in Germany during the 19th century and later became popular in the United States. These “TREES” were made using goose feathers that were dyed green and attached to wire branches. The wire branches were then wrapped around a central dowel rod that acted as the trunk.
  • The tradition of an official Chicago CHRISTMAS tree was initiated in 1913 when one was first lit by Mayor Carter H. Harrison in Grant Park.
  • Since 1971, the Province of Nova Scotia has presented the Boston CHRISTMAS tree to the people of Boston, in gratitude for the relief supplies received from the citizens of Boston after a ship exploded in 1917 following a collision in the Halifax, Nova Scotia Harbor. Part of the city was leveled, killing and injuring thousands.
  • Every year since 1947, the people of Oslo, Norway have given a CHRISTMAS tree to the city of Westminster, England. The gift is an expression of good will and gratitude for Britain’s help to Norway during World War II.
  • The official CHRISTMAS tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933. Since 2004 the tree has been topped with a 550-pound Swarovski Crystal star. And since 2007, the tree has been lit with 30,000 energy-efficient LED’s which are powered by solar panels.
  • 5 million farm-grown CHRISTMAS TREES were purchased in the United States in 2012, with a real market value of $1.01 billion.
  • 93% of real CHRISTMAS tree consumers recycle their tree in community recycling programs, their garden or backyard.
  • In the United States, there are more than 4.000 CHRISTMAS tree recycling programs.
  • There are approximately 25-30 million Real CHRISTMAS TREES sold in the U.S. every year.
  • Real TREES are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial TREES contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.
  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6 – 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.
  • The top CHRISTMAS Tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.
  • Since 1947, the tree in London’s Trafalgar Square has been a gift each year from the city of Oslo, Norway.
  • A ‘Tree of Paradise’ was also used in old mystery plays to symbolise the Garden of Eden. Apples hung on it may be the origin of tree decorations.
  • Even before the time of Christ, evergreen TREES were seen in winter as a symbol of fertility.
  • Scotch pine and Virginia pine are the two most common species grown for CHRISTMAS TREES in Oklahoma.
  • During most of the 1970s and 1980s, the largest decorated CHRISTMAS tree in the world was put up every year on the property of the National Enquirer in Lantana, Florida. This tradition grew into one of the most spectacular and celebrated events in the history of southern Florida, but was discontinued on the death of the paper’s founder in the late 1980s.




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