Christmas Tree Trivia
So how much do you know about Christmas Trees? Want to astound everyone at your Christmas dinner? We have more Christmas tree trivia than you'll ever need.
Here’s some Christmas tree trivia from www.thehistoryofchristmas.com:
- Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.
- The tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of Woodinville, Washington.
- The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition began in 1933.
- Franklin Pierce, the 14th president, brought the Christmas tree tradition to the White House.
- In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony now held every year on the White House lawn.
- Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a Christmas tree to the President and first family.
- Christmas trees generally take 6-8 years to mature.
- 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 with Christmas trees.
- 77 million Christmas trees are planted each year.
- Thomas Edison’s assistants came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees.
- Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons.
- California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states.
- The best selling trees are Scotch Pine, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, and White Pine.