History & Interesting Facts


Christmas tree Blue Spruce is the state tree of Colorado and Utah!

Christmas tree Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.

Christmas tree 100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry.

Christmas tree Blue Spruce is the most common blue-foliaged evergreen tree in landscapes.

Christmas tree The decorated Christmas tree can be traced back to the ancient Romans who during their winter festival decorated trees with small pieces of metal during Saturnalia, a winter festival in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture.

Christmas tree During the middle ages an evergreen, the Paradise tree, was decorated with apples as a symbol of the feast of Adam and Eve held on December 24th.

Christmas tree Christmas trees were sold in Alsace, France in 1531. The trees were sold at local markets and set up in homes undecorated. In Alsace there was an rule that no person "shall have for Christmas more than one bush of more than eight shoe lengths."

Christmas tree Sixteenth century folklore credited Martin Luther as being the first to decorate an indoor tree. After a walk through a forest of evergreens with shining stars overhead, Luther tried to describe the experience to his family and showed them by bringing a tree into their home and decorating it with candles. Some historians state that the first evidence of a lighted tree appeared more than a century after Martin Luther's death in 1546.

Christmas tree The oldest record of a decorated Christmas tree came from a 1605 diary found in Strasburg, France (Germany in 1605). The tree was decorated with paper roses, apples and candies.

Christmas tree The first record of Christmas trees in America was for children in the German Moravian Church's settlement in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Christmas 1747. Actual trees were not decorated, but wooden pyramids covered with evergreen branches were decorated with candles.

Christmas tree The custom of the Christmas tree was introduced in the United States during the War of Independence by Hessian troops. An early account tells of a Christmas tree set up by American soldiers at Fort Dearborn, Illinois, the site of Chicago, in 1804. Most other early accounts in the United States were among the German settlers in eastern Pennsylvania.

Christmas tree Charles Minnegrode introduced the custom of decorating trees in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1842.

Christmas tree By 1850, the Christmas tree had become fashionable in the eastern states. Until this time, it had been considered a quaint foreign custom.

Christmas tree Mark Carr brought trees from the Catskills to the streets of New York in 1851, and opened the first retail Christmas tree lot in the United States.

Christmas tree Franklin Pierce was the first president to introduce the Christmas tree to the White House in 1856 for a group of Washington Sunday School children.

Christmas tree The first national Christmas Tree was lighted in the year 1923 on the White House lawn by President Calvin Coolidge.

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