Given here are some fun facts about Christmas tree. Read on to know interesting Christmas tree facts.
Christmas Tree Fun Facts
Christmas is almost synonymous with Christmas tree and gifts. Almost all of us wait for the time we start decorating the tree and buying gifts. However, very few people know the numerous fun facts about the Christmas tree. To help you know your Christmas tree better, we are providing a number of interesting Christmas tree facts below.
- Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air and take approximately seven years to mature.
- During the years from 1887 to 1933, a fishing schooner called the 'Christmas Ship' used to sell spruce trees from Michigan to Chicagoans.
- Evergreen trees were used to celebrate the onset of winter, even before the birth of Christ.
- Christmas tree was decorated for the first time in Riga (Latvia), in the year 1510.
- In 1963, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted until December 22nd, because the national 30-day period of mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy stretched on till that day.
- In the year 1979, only the top of the National Christmas Tree was lighted in the US, in the honor of the American hostages in Iran.
- Large stores started putting up illuminated Christmas trees in the year 1900 only.
- Mark Carr of New York started first Christmas tree retail lot in the United States, in 1851.
- National Christmas Tree Association gives a Christmas tree to the President and first family of US every year.
- National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House was started by President Coolidge in 1923.
- Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and White pine are the most popular Christmas trees.
- Teddy Roosevelt had banned the Christmas tree from the White House because of environmental reasons.
- The commercial sale of Christmas trees started in the United States around the year 1850.
- The first Christmas tree was placed in the White House in 1856, by the 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce.
- The tradition of an official Chicago Christmas tree dates back to 1913, when the first official tree was lit by Mayor Carter H. Harrison in Grant Park.
- The tradition of using small candles to light a Christmas tree dates back to the mid-17th century.
- There are more than 21,000 growers of Christmas tree and more than 12,000 cut-your-own-tree farms in the US.