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Christmas Tree Facts & Trivia

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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.

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.

Aluminum Tree

The first aluminum Christmas Tree was introduced in 1959 by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

The most popular Christmas trees are: Scotch pine, Douglas fir, noble fir, Fraser fir, balsam fir, Virginia pine and white pine.

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.

98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms, while only 2% are cut from the wild.  To ensure enough trees for harvest, growers plant one to three seedlings for every tree harvested.  There are more than 15,000 Christmas tree farms in the U.S. (2013)

24.5 million farm-grown Christmas trees and 10.9 million artificial trees were purchased in the United States in 2012.

Christmas trees are grown and harvested in all 50 states.


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