Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the
1841, England's Prince Albert decorating the first English Christmas
tree at Windsor castle with candles and a variety of sweets, fruits and
Dickens described an 1850 Christmas Trees as being covered with dolls, miniature
furniture, tiny musical instruments, costume jewelry, toy guns and
swords, fruit and candy.
The first record of a Christmas Tree being on display in America was in the 1830s by the German settlers of
By the 1890s, Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and
Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the U.S.
It was noted that Europeans used small trees about four feet in
height, while Americans liked their Christmas to reach from floor to
The early twentieth century saw Americans decorating their trees
mainly with homemade ornaments. Popcorn was used after being dyed bright colors and interlaced
with berries and nuts.
Electricity brought about Christmas lights making it possible for
Christmas trees to glow for days on end. With this, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across
Poland, Christmas trees tops were always angels, peacocks and other
birds as well as many, many stars.
In Sweden, trees are decorated with brightly painted wooden
ornaments and straw figures of animals and children.
In Denmark, tiny Danish flags along with mobiles of
bells, stars, snowflakes and hearts are hung on Christmas trees.
Lithuanians cover their trees with straw birdcages, stars and
geometric shapes. The straw
sends a wish for good crops in the coming year.
display ornaments made from painted eggshells.
A Ukrainian Christmas tree has a spider and web for good luck.
Legend has it that once a poor woman with nothing to put on her
children's tree woke on Christmas morning to find the branches covered
with spider webs turned to silver by the rising sun.
There are about 25-30 million real
Christmas trees sold nationwide every year.
There are about 350 million trees
growing on U.S. Christmas tree farms.
Christmas trees are grown in all 50
states and Canada.
There are about 350,000 acres in
production for growing Christmas trees in the United States.
There are close to 15,000 Christmas tree
farms in the United States.
More than 100,000 people are employed
full- or part-time in the industry.
It can take as many as 15 years to grow
a tree of typical height of 6- to 7-feet or as little as 4 years,
but the average growing time is 7 years.
The top-producing states are Oregon,
North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington.
The most common species are: balsam fir,
Douglas fir, Fraser fir, noble fir, Scotch pine, Virginia pine and
Vermont ranks 12th in the nation with an
11 percent increase from 2002 to 2007 for total Christmas trees
harvested. Wyoming was last and Oregon was first.
Vermont ranks 18th in the nation for
total Christmas tree acreage, which dropped 23 percent from 2002 to
2007. Oregon is first, Nevada is last.