As we are on the last day of November we know many individuals are getting ready for the Holidays. We also know tree purchasing will be occurring this month. We thought we would find some interesting info about Christmas trees. If you do purchase a tree this year be sure to try to purchase your trees from local tree farmers! Support your community it's the best!
Here's some facts:
It is said the tradition of using a fir tree started in Germany 1,000 years ago.
During winter solstice it is said Egypt would bring in palm leaves to represent life's victory over death for another year.
Druids in England would use Evergreen trees during winter solstice to ward away evil, and used holly and mistletoe to represent eternal life.
In the United States during the early 1800s people cut down their own trees from the nearby forests.
The first commercially sold trees were in 1850 and the first retail tree lot is said to have started in 1851 in New York.
1900 was the year they accredit the first large light up trees used to decorate large retail stores.
The trees grown remove pollen from the air.
The amount of Oxygen produced by an acre of fir trees is enough for the daily requirements for up to 18 people.
Recycled trees can be used to prevent erosion.
Artificial trees can last about 6 years in your home, but they will last forever in a landfill.
85% of artificial trees are imported. 95% of living trees are grown and shipped directly from the tree farms.
Trees take an average of 7-10 years to mature.
For every tree harvested about 2 or 3 are planted back.
Over 2000 trees are planted per acre, but only about 700 trees will survive and be harvested.
100,000 jobs are created by the Christmas farms in the US.
The top tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan Washington, and Wisconsin.
Franklin Pierce was the first President to have a tree inside the White House.
You should not burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace as it can contribute to creosote buildup.
If you have a tree the first week the tree will consume about a quart of water per day.
One of Thomas Edison's assistants had the first idea for lights on a tree. The first mass produced lights were made in 1890.
Alright so there were a few things about trees. I hope you all enjoyed them. Remember if you cut your own plant a few in its place and maybe even a hardwood tree.
Support your local farmers! They will help your community.