Christmas Tree Trivia

As we near the day when we find out if we've been naughty or nice, improve your chances of scoring with the big guy, by having a through knowledge of trivia.

The following are facts, with a few tips tossed in on Christmas trees, that ancient ritual of slaying a coniferous plant and bedecking it with all manners of unnatural doodads. Then waiting patiently for some jolly chap to stick a bunch of goodies under its boughs. Yeah, it doesn't make a lot of sense, but you can bet nearly all of us will wake up on Christmas morning with anticipation.

• Nearly 30 million real Christmas trees are cut down every year.

• Real Christmas trees is a $1.2 billion per year business.

• Approximately 15,000 commercial Christmas tree growers plant 73 million trees per year on 450,000 acres of land.

• In 1851 Mark Carr hauled two ox carts of Catskill evergreen trees to Greenwich Village in New York City & sold them for $1 a piece becoming the first commercial tree seller of note.

• It takes 6 to 10 years for a Christmas tree to reach adequate size for sale.

• Christmas tree farmers can cram up to 2000 trees on a single acre with as many as 50% dying before harvest.

• Christmas tree selling is a 5 week a year business.

• Average national price for a real Christmas tree is $40. For an artificial one it is $68

• 85% of the artificial trees are made in China

• Artificial trees are mostly made of polyvinyl chloride, a petroleum derivative.

• Artificial trees decompose in about 150 years & release greenhouse gases as it does.

• According to Swedish researchers, the carbon footprint of an artificial Christmas tree is 5x that of a real one.

• Nearly 10 million artificial Christmas trees will be sold this year.

• Most Christmas tree fires come form overloaded electrical circuits, so please be safe.

• Be leery of Christmas trees made in China. In order to make them more malleable, some manufacturers are adding lead & other them And we all know the high regard the Chinese have for safety issues.

• Some safety tips from UNC-Asheville, don’t vacuum around artificial trees unless you have a HEPA filter. Lead and other contaminants may get in the air.

• The first fake Christmas tree were made by Addis Brush Company which specialized in toilet bowl brushes.

• Artificial Christmas trees last an average of 6 years

• Trees with polyethylene (PE) needles are more expensive than polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

• Some artificial trees come with warranties.

• Prices for artificial trees range from $9.99 to $3,000.

• One of the downsides for real trees is pesticides.

• Pesticides used in Christmas tree production have been detected in groundwater or well water.

• Eco-friendly alternatives:
Decorate a houseplant;
Buy a potted tree. Then plant it in your yard.
String up lights on a tree in your front yard;
Build your own wooden tree.

• There are more than 12,000 cut-your-own Christmas tree farms in the US.

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

• Since 1971, the Province of Nova Scotia has presented the City of Boston a Christmas Tree in gratitude for the relief supplies they sent after a horrific ship explosion in 1917.

• You should not burn your Christmas tree in the fireplace; it can contribute to creosote buildup.

• In 1856 Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House.

• In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water per day.

• Tinsel contained lead at one time, now it’s made of plastic.

• A “cookie” is the small piece of tree trunk cut off a Christmas tree to make water absorption easier.

• The top 5 Christmas tree varieties are (in order) Fraser Fir, Douglass Fir, Balsam Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce and Scotch Pine.

•To check if a tree is fresh Bounce the tree on the ground. Stressed trees will lose lots of needles.

•Usually the freshest Christmas tress are sold right after Thanksgiving.

•A well cared for Christmas tree can easily last five weeks

Guess what? There are even more pieces of tyrivia out there. If you have one, lets us know.

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