The modern Christmas tree tradition dates back to Western Germany in the 16th century. They were called “Paradeisbaum” (paradise trees) and were brought into homes to celebrate the annual Feast of Adam and Eve on DEC-24. 4 They were first brought to America by German immigrants about the year 1700. Christmas trees became popular among the general U.S. population about 1850.
Every year, we decorate with creativity and enthusiasm the Christmas tree. But there are so many things that pople don`t know about this wonderful Christmas symbol. What are these?
1. A natural Christmas tree needs more than 15 years to grow. It is then sold in the market before the Christmas holiday.
2. 98 percent of all Christmas trees are grown on farms.
3. You should never burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace. It can contribute to creosote buildup.
4. Other types of trees such as cherry and hawthorns were used as Christmas trees in the past.
5. In 1963, the National Christmas Tree was not lit until December 22nd because of a national 30-day period of mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy.
6. Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons.
7. In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day.
8. Helicopters sometimes help to lift harvested Christmas trees from farms.
9. Since 1971, the Province of Nova Scotia has presented the Boston Christmas Tree tree to the people of Boston in gratitude for the relief supplies received from the citizens of Boston after a ship exploded in 1917 following a collision in the Halifax, Nova Scotia Harbor. Part of the city was leveled killing and injuring thousands.
10. Traditional Christmas trees can remove pollen and dust from the air. They help purify the air in your home during Christmas.