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Fun facts you might not know about Christmas trees

What does a tree have to do with Christmas?

There are many answers to this seemingly easy question.  From the adaptation of pagan rituals of winter solstice to hanging your Christmas tree upside down as a symbol of the Holy Trinity to Martin Luther being the first to bring a “Christmas” tree into the house.  Whichever account you believe and despite the controversies surrounding it, the Christmas tree is here to stay. Interestingly most stories do include the fact that the tree must be a fir tree of some variety and that the tree itself is a symbol of new life. To learn more, see why christmas trees have ornaments.

Which state produces the most Christmas trees each year?

There are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year. 350 million real Christmas trees are currently growing on Christmas tree farms in the U.S., making it a 1-billion-dollar industry.  Currently, Oregon grows the most Christmas trees followed by North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Washington. Real Christmas trees are making a huge comeback spearheaded by Millennial's who believe real trees are better for the environment.

Which American president banned Christmas trees in the White House?

In 1902 President Theodore Roosevelt made the decision to ban the use of a Christmas tree during the customary White House Christmas celebration. His policies on environmental conservation prompted him to avoid using the Christmas tree as a way of leading by example. As a result, the tree was not ordered by the White House. Real Christmas trees are a crop grown for the specific purpose of being cut and sold. They decompose relatively quickly as opposed to an artificial tree and don’t have the plastics and metals associated with fake tress. And let’s face it, real trees smell great, just don’t forget to water them!

Why were Christmas trees hung upside down?

Hanging Christmas trees upside-down can be traced way back to a 12th-century European religious tradition where people believed it represented the Holy Trinity (AKA The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit). Today, hanging a tree upside down is most likely used more as a trendy piece rather than a religious tradition. There are also some perks to it that a traditional tree doesn't have. Upside-down trees usually hang a few feet off the ground, which is very important when you're trying to keep your precious Christmas tree ornaments out of reach of little children and curious cats and dogs, so there's no worrying about knocked over decorations, and it also provides for more space to put presents.

So next Christmas are you going to stick with the standard Christmas tree, or are you going to go upside-down? Either way, make sure your tree looks fabulous with the latest glass ornaments from Old World Christmas.

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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