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CHRISTMAS TREE FACTS

  • 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.
  • Growing Christmas trees provides a habitat for wildlife.
  • Most Christmas trees are cut weeks before they get to a retail outlet.
  • Christmas trees take 7-10 years to mature.
  • Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air.
  • The use of evergreen trees to celebrate the winter season occurred before the birth of Christ.
  • 100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry in US
  • 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms in US
  • More than 1,000,000 acres of land have been planted to Christmas trees.
  • 56 million new Christmas trees will be planted this year in US
  • More than 330,000 real Christmas trees are sold via e-commerce or catalogs.
  • On average, over 2,000 Christmas trees are planted per acre.
  • You should never burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace. it can contribute to creosote buildup.
  • Other types of trees such as cherry and hawthorns were used as Christmas trees in the past.
  • Artificial trees will last for six years in your home, but for centuries in a landfill.
  • Using small candles to light a Christmas tree dates back to the middle of the 17th century.
  • 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.
  • Michigan ranks fourth (4 million trees in 1998) among all states in the production of real Christmas trees, but grows a larger variety (13) of Christmas trees than any other state.
  • A Christmas tree decoration was banned by the government. Tinsel contained lead at one time, now it’s made of plastic.
  • 2-3 seedlings are planted for every harvested Christmas tree.
  • 32.4 million families purchased a real tree in 1998 in US
  • An acre of Christmas trees provides for the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
  • The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.

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