You know Dasher and Dancer, but did you know that the tallest Christmas tree in existence is a 91-year-old 122 foot Douglas Fir found in Washington state? We decided to have some fun and check out some interesting facts about Christmas trees, and some of the facts we found were startling! Here are some Christmas Tree Trivia highlights:
- Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states, even Alaska and Hawaii!
- The Christmas Tree tradition started in Germany during the 16th century and was not embraced in America until Queen Victoria celebrated with one 1846.
- In 1659, Puritans in Massachusetts passed a law fining people who celebrated December 25th with anything other than church service.
- German-Americans decorated their christmas trees with apples, nuts and marzipan cookies into the 20th century.
- Early European Christmas trees only were about 4 feet tall, while Americans immediately gravitated towards larger trees that reached their ceilings.
- The largest tree ever found at the Rockefeller Center was a Norway Spruce in 1948. It measured in at 100 feet tall.
- The first tree ever placed in the Rockefeller center was a small, undecorated one planted by construction workers. Two years later another tree was planted with lights, and now the Rockefeller Center tree is over 25,000 lights!
- Franklin Pierce was the first president to bring a Christmas tree into the White House, though some scholars dispute this.
- At one time tinsel contained lead and was banned by the US Government.
- More than 1,000,000 acres of land has been planted with Christmas trees.
You could go on forever dissecting the unique tradition of the Christmas tree. If you’re interested in reading up on it for yourself, follow this link to History.com! There’s plenty more Christmas Tree Trivia there.