Today you can learn fun facts about Christmas Trees.
Christmas Tree Facts
- Christmas trees take an average of 7-10 years to grow to the size we buy.
- The first decorated Christmas Tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
- The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.
- Prince Albert introduced the decorated Christmas tree to England
- Christmas Trees used to be decorated with baked goods, fruit and lit real candles. Lit candles are now considered dangerous on trees because they start fires.
- Early German Christmas tree decorations included squirrels made of marzipan.
- Tinsel used to be made from real sliver. Decorated Christmas Trees were first used only by the rich.
- In 1882, Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees.
- Christmas tree lights were first mass produced in 1890
- Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air.
- Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide (C02)
- One acre of Christmas trees produces the daily oxygen requirement for about 18 people.
- Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they will break down and become part of the soil again.
- You need to use as much as 1 litre of water each day to keep your tree fresh.
- In Austria & Germany during the 17th and 18th, the tops of evergreen trees were cut off and hung upside down in homes. They were decorated with apples, nuts and strips of red paper.
- In USA Thirty-four to thirty-six million Christmas trees are produced each year
- There are almost 350 million Real Christmas Trees currently growing on Christmas Tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers
- The Frazer Fir, the Douglas Fir, and the Balsam Fir are the most popular Christmas Trees in USA.
- The most common Christmas tree sold in UK is the the Nordmann fir.
- The most popular tree grown in Australia is the Monterey Pine.