Monday, December 13

Facts about Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Facts

You are always young enough to learn something new.

Let me tell you a little about the Christmas tree and where it originated. 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 that a tree should be decorated. 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 among 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. People decorate for Christmas with over 15 different types of trees, including Pine trees, Fir trees, Cypress trees, and Spruce trees. Some have even used Cherry trees.

3. In 1882, Edward Johnson, Thomas Edison’s friend, invented the first electric lights on a string for the Christmas tree.

4. In the 1900s, people working 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. 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 from goose feathers dyed green. They were made 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. This year, The world’s tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree is in Enid, Oklahoma (2021). The Christmas tree is 140 feet tall. It has 18,000 lights and about 10,000 ornaments on it. After the holiday season, the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity!


Can you share a Christmas tree fact with us?

Color and decorate your own Christmas tree with this coloring/worksheet:



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

Parents ensure all books are child-friendly before reading them to their child/children.


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