• The CHRISTMAS tree that we know today is a German tradition that became popular when Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III (of Revolutionary War fame), insisted a tree be placed in the Queen’s Lodge, in Windsor. Most people falsely believe it was Prince Albert, the consort to Queen Victoria, who started the tradition, but Charlotte had him beat by 40 years!
  • Only rich people used to have a whole tree in their homes. For the poor, they would bring in branches of evergreen and decorate those on the mantlepiece of their fireplaces. Decorated trees were left outside and were generally a community endeavor to decorate.
  • CHRISTMAS trees didn’t become popular in the United States until right before the Civil War. Americans were slow to adapt the tradition, which they saw as a pagan custom. German immigrants in eastern Pennsylvania were considered odd when they brought their customs over from Europe. It’s no wonder that the United States waited until 1870 to make CHRISTMAS a federal holiday!
  • Buy American:All 50 states produce CHRISTMAS Eighty percent of all artificial trees are manufactured in China and contain non-biodegradable plastic and metal.
  • The top CHRISTMAS Tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.
  • The CHRISTMAS Tree at Rockefeller Center in New York City is illuminated with 30,000 lights – all powered by solar energy!
  • Since 1947, Westminster, England gets a special holiday gift of a CHRISTMAS tree each year from their friends in Oslo, Norway as a reminder of gratitude for helping Norway with the Nazis during World War Two.
  • The annual Boston CHRISTMAS tree is donated to the city by the people of Nova Scotia, since 1971, as a good will gesture for offering help during a 1917 ship explosion that leveled part of the city of Halifax and killed nearly 2000 people. It was the largest manmade explosion prior to the atomic bomb!
  • The use of evergreen trees to celebrate the winter season occurred before the birth of Christ.
  • The first decorated CHRISTMAS tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
  • The first printed reference to CHRISTMAS trees appeared in Germany in 1531.
  • Approximately 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the CHRISTMAS tree industry.
  • In the United States, there are more than 15,000 CHRISTMAS tree farms. There are approximately 350 million CHRISTMAS trees growing on U.S. farms.
  • The most popular CHRISTMAS trees are: Scotch pine, Douglas fir, noble fir, Fraser fir, balsam fir, Virginia pine and white pine.
  • Besides evergreens, other types of trees such as cherry and hawthorns were used as CHRISTMAS trees in the past.
  • In 2012, 35% of real CHRISTMAS trees sold were from chain stores or garden centers/nursery, 24% from cut and harvest farms, 15% from retail tree lots, and 15% from non-profit groups.
  • The first CHRISTMAS tree retail lot in the United States was started by Mark Carr in New York, in 1851.
  • Live CHRISTMAS trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.
  • Using small candles to light a CHRISTMAS tree dates back to the middle of the 17th century.
  • Real CHRISTMAS trees came eighth in a survey of the nation’s favourite smells in 2004, just behind the sea but ahead of perfume.
  • England’s first CHRISTMAS tree was brought to Windsor by Charlotte, wife of George III, in 1800…but it was the trees brought in the 1840s by Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, that led to their popularity throughout the UK.
  • The first use of the term ‘CHRISTMAS tree’ in English was in 1835.
  • The average CHRISTMAS tree contains about 30,000 bugs and insects.
  •  Manufactured CHRISTMAS tree ornaments were first sold by Woolworths in 1880.
  • The United States’ National CHRISTMAS Tree has been lit each year since 1923 on the South Lawn of the White House.
  • An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the archangel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity.
  • The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were ultimately replaced by CHRISTMAS lights after the advent of electrification.
  • Today, there are a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garland, tinsel, and candy canes.


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