May your day be filled with learning new things! You are never too old to learn something new.
Joey wants to tell you a little about the Christmas tree and
where it originated from. Did you know that evergreens have been used to
celebrate the winter season long before Christ was born? In the Bible Jeremiah
10:1-5 states about decorating a tree. The modern day Christmas tree started in
Germany around 1531. The tree was an evergreen tree known as a paradise tree. The
trees were decorated with apples to celebrate the Garden of Eden.
Facts about the Christmas tree:
1. The Roman Empire was one of the first people to celebrate
Christmas. Although it was not called Christmas it was actually called Saturnalia.
The Romans would decorate trees and have a big feast in honor of the God of
Saturn. The celebration of Christmas by the ancient Romans started around 336.
2. There are over 15 different types of trees people use to
decorate for Christmas. There are Pine trees, Fir trees, Cypress trees, and Spruce
trees. People have even used Cherry trees as Christmas trees.
3. In 1882 Edward Johnson who was Thomas Edison’s friend, invented the first electric lights on a string for the Christmas tree.
4. In the 1900’s people that worked in large department
stores started decorating Christmas trees for the holiday season.
5. In 1923 President Calvin Coolidge was the first president
to light up the first National White House Christmas Tree with electric lights
on it. The bulbs were red, white, and green and there were 2500 bulbs on the strand
of electric lights that decorated the Christmas tree.
6. Germany was one of the first to develop an artificial
Christmas tree in the 19th Century. The trees were made by using goose
feathers that were dyed green. They made the artificial Christmas trees to help
stop the depletion of evergreen forests.
7. Christmas trees are grown and harvested in all 50 states
in the United States. Oregon grows and harvests the most Christmas trees. Christmas
trees have been sold commercially since around 1850 in the United States. Canada
exports over 2 million Christmas trees a year.
8. The world’s tallest fresh cut Christmas tree is in Enid
Oklahoma this year (2021). The Christmas tree is 140 feet tall. It has 18,000
lights and about 10,000 ornaments on it. After the holiday season is over the
tree will be donated to habitat for Humanity!
Can you share a Christmas tree fact with us?
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Books about Christmas trees:
1. A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree by Colleen Monroe
2. The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll
3. The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Pat Matuszak
4. Celebrate Christmas Around the World by Beth
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1. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT DAYCARE
2. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! AT MEMAW’S
3. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! THE MISSING TEDDY BEAR
4. JOEY SAVES THE DAY! LOST AT THE ZOO
5. Santa's Rainbow Reindeer
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