Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Christmas Tree

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
White House Christmas Tree

[from Christmas Trees & More]

  • Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.
  • Until fairly recently, all Christmas trees came from the forest.
  • The best selling trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, balsam fir and white pine.
  • More than 2,000 trees are usually planted per acre. On an average 1,000-1,500 of these trees will survive. In the North, maybe, 750 trees will remain.
  • Almost all trees require shearing to attain the Christmas tree shape.
  • At six to seven feet, trees are ready for harvest.
  • In 1979, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted except for the top ornament. This was done in honor of the American hostages in Iran.
  • Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a Christmas tree to the President and first family.
  • The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
  • Recycled trees have been used to make sand and soil erosion barriers and been placed in ponds for fish shelter.
  • The first Christmas tree retail lot in the United States was started in 1851 in New York by Mark Carr.
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.
  • In 1856 Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House.
  • President Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn in 1923.
  • 73 million new Christmas trees will be planted this year.
  • You should not burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace; it can contribute to creosote buildup.
  • Artificial trees will last for six years in your home, but for centuries in a landfill.
  • 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.
  • In 1963, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted until December 22nd because of a national 30-day period of mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons.
  • In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day.
  • A Christmas tree decoration was banned by the government. Tinsel contained lead at one time, now it’s made of plastic.
  • In the United States, there are more than 4,000 Christmas tree recycling programs.
  • An acre of Christmas trees provides for the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
  • 2-3 seedlings are planted for every harvested Christmas tree. In 2004 sixty million Christmas tree seedlings were planted by Christmas tree farmers.
  • 93% of real Christmas tree consumers recycle their tree in community recycling programs, their garden or backyard.
  • In 2007, 84% of Christmas trees purchased were pre-cut and 16% were cut your own.
  • 30-35 million Real Christmas Trees are sold in the U.S. every year.
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