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The Christmas Tree Deconstructed

THE Christmas Thee DECONSTRUCTED HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREF 1510 1600s The first written record of a decorated Christmas tree comes from Riga, Latvia, where a tree was decorated with artificial roses that symbolized the Virgin Mary. In Germany, Christmas trees were decorated with apples, a holdover from when Adam & Eve's Day was celebrated on December 24th. 1800s The Christmas tree was 1883 introduced in the United States by German Settlers. It rapidly grew from tabletop size to floor-to-ceiling. Sears, Roebuck & Company began offering the first artificial Christmas trees - 33 $1 limbs for $.50 and 55 limbs for $1.00 1900s Due to overharvesting, the supply of evergreens declined significantly. People were encouraged to use a tree branch wrapped in cotton "snow" as a substitute. 1930s President Franklin D. Roosevelt TODAY started a Christmas tree farm on his estate in Hyde Park, New York. Approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees are sold each year in the United States. Almost all of these come from Christmas tree farms. TOP 5 MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS TREES Based on US Census data from 2009 Frasier Fir FACT Douglas Fir Noble Fir The top Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington. Balsam Fir Scotch Pine BEAL VS. FAKE – CHRISTMAS TREE SALES STATISTICS 32.8 31.3 30.8 28.6 28.2 28.2 27 REAL TREES 17.4 FAKE TREES (millions) 11.7 11.7 9.3 9.3 9.5 8.2 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 $70.55 average price o $34.87 average price per tree per tree real trees » 30.8 M sold last year fake trees 9.5 M sold last year • $1.07 B $670 M total sales 6 total sales PRE-CUT TREES vs. CUT YOUR OWN Percentage of real Christmas trees purchased NOTES: • Pre-cut trees may be purchased at a variety of locations, including retail lots, garden centers, chain stores, Choose & Cut farms, nonprofit 84% groups and over the Internet. 16% PRE-CUT • "Cut my own" is a tree harvested by the consumer and purchased at a Choose & Cut farm, where it is grown by the farmer. Depending on your area, it may also be referred to as "U-Cut," "Choose & Cut," "U-Pick," "Choose & Harvest," etc. CUT MY OWN WHERE PEOPLE BUY REAL CHRISTMAS TREES WAL MART 31% 16% 15% 14% | 13% 11% Christmas Tree Farm Nursery/ Chain Store Retail Lot Non-profit Group Other Garden Center FAMOUS CHRISTMAS TREES FACT ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE For every real Christmas tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring. The most famous Christmas tree in the world New York City THE NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE Lit yearly by the President of the United States Washington D.c. TRAFALGAR SQUARE CHRISTMAS TREE A yearly gift to the people of London by the city of Oslo London VATICAN CHRISTMAS TREE Donated by a different European country to the Pope every year Vatican City WORLD'S LARGEST FLOATING CHRISTMAS TREE Stands nearly 280 feet tall and weighs 542 tons Rio de Janeiro eMerry Christmas & HAPPY HOLIDAYS! SOURCES: of Horticulture_Specialties/hortic_2_015_015.pdf http:/ UberSignal ckefeller_Center hristmas Tree Christmas Tree ds-largest-floating-Christmas-tree-lights-up-in-Rio-de-Janeiro.html

The Christmas Tree Deconstructed

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All about the Christmas tree, including the history, real vs. fake, fun facts, famous trees, and more.




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