FAQ for Christmas

All About Christmas Trees

  • 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.
  • Between 1887-1933 a fishing schooner called Christmas Ship would tie up at the Clark Street bridge and sell spruce trees from Michigan to Chicagoans.
  • Oregon produces the most real Christmas trees.
  • Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a Christmas tree to the President and first family.
  • Growing Christmas trees provides a habitat for wildlife.
  • Recycled trees have been used to make sand and soil erosion barriers and been placed in ponds for fish shelter.
  • 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.
  • Since 1971, the Province of Nova Scotia has presented the Prudential Center 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.
  • The use of evergreen trees to celebrate the winter season occurred before the birth of Christ.
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.
  • 100, 000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry.
  • 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms.
  • More than 1, 000, 000 acres of land have been planted to Christmas trees.
  • 56 million new Christmas trees will be planted this year.
  • 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.
  • There are over 500 Christmas tree growers in Illinois.
  • 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.
  • Real Christmas trees are involved in less than one-tenth of one percent of residential fires and only when ignited by some external ignition sources.
  • 2-3 seedlings are planted for every harvested Christmas tree.
  • 59 percent of real Christmas trees harvested are recycled in community programs.
  • 32.4 million families purchased a real tree in 1998.
  • An acre of Christmas trees provides for the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
  • In 1984, the National Christmas was lit on December 13th with temperatures in the 70's, making it one of the warmest tree lightings in history.
  • In 1900, large stores started to erect big illuminated Christmas trees.
  • 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 first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.

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