Trees have long been a staple of Winter Holidays even before Christmas was commonly celebrated. Almost
as popular as sending
gifts, getting a Christmas tree is a common tradition. Each year millions of Christmas trees are purchased. Even in countries where Christmas is not celebrated Yule trees are often decorated according to very similar traditions. The following are resources on Christmas Trees.
Christmas Tree Facts
There are almost 30 million real trees sold each year to celebrate Christmas. More than 300 million are being grown at any given time. The following are more facts about Christmas trees.
Christmas Tree Traditions
Trees have been used specifically in Christmas celebrations since the 16th century, and the tradition is thought to have started with Martin Luther. The tradition of lighting Christmas trees and decorating them with ornaments was established by the 1850s.
Christmas Tree Types
There are a few trees commonly used for Christmas trees. Spruce is probably the most common. Hemlock should be avoided as its needles can poison children or pets. Also Hemlock tends to lose needles faster than Spruce.
Christmas Tree Care
Proper Christmas tree care can mean the difference between a floor full of needles, or a healthy looking tree that can last throughout the holidays.
Christmas Tree Decorations
Christmas tree decorations are an industry in their own right with many manufacturers working year round to produce decorations for this Holiday. A popular holiday tradition, since 1933, is the decorated Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.