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Christmas Trees

Decorating Christmas trees can be dated back to the ancient Romans who, during their winter festival, decorated trees with trinkets and candles during Saturnalia, a winter festival in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture.

The custom of the decorated Christmas tree was introduced in the United States during the War of Independence by Hessian troops. American soldiers set up a Christmas tree at Fort Dearborn, Illinois, the site of Chicago, in 1804.

Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, was said to have brought the first Christmas tree to Windsor Castle for the Royal Family in 1834, . Some historians say that in actuality Queen Charlotte, Victoria's grandmother, recalls a Christmas tree was in the Queen's lodge at Windsor on Christmas Day in 1800.

Canadian Christmas tree decorating arrived when German settlers migrated to Canada from the United States in the 1700s. They brought with them many of the things we associate with Christmas including Advent calendars, gingerbread houses, and Christmas trees.

  • Thirty-four to thirty-six million Christmas trees are produced each year and 95 percent are shipped or sold directly from Christmas tree farms.

  • The best selling trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and white pine.

  • The first decorated Christmas was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.

  • Christmas trees take an average of 7-10 years to mature.

  • Thomas Edisonís assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882.

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