All about Christmas Trees!

A little bit of history!

From the ancient times, people from Egypt, Rome, and Pagans alike have venerated the evergreen tree. Bringing boughs inside during a cold winter was a way as a reminder that spring would return. 



Walking home one clear starlight Christmas night, protestant reformer Martin Luther was overcome by the beauty of the stars twinkling through the fir trees. Wanting to recreate this using candles for his family he is credited as the first person to light his tree!



While Christmas trees were a well known tradition is Germany, the association with Paganism kept it from  being wider spread. This changed in 1858 with the illustration of Queen Victoria, her German husband Albert and their children gathering around an ornate tree. Instantly, the Christmas tree became a popular decoration in homes across the world!

Nowadays the Christmas tree might be the single most important symbol of the holiday season. From humble trees hung with precious home made memories to the grand extravagant displays in department stores and cities, the modern Christmas tree is designed to delight and celebrate. Long may this continue!

Some Christmas tree farm facts!

  • There are approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year.

  • There are close to 350 million Real Christmas Trees currently growing on Christmas Tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers.

  • North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada.

  • Eighty percent (80%) of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

  • Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.

  • There are more than 4,000 local Christmas Tree recycling programs throughout the United States.

  • For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring.

  • There are about 350,000 acres in production for growing Christmas Trees in the U.S.; much of it preserving green space.

  • Christmas tree farms provide stable habitats for a myriad of wildlife! We have several deer families raising fawns in the trees and the turkey flocks love the grub hunting. Hawks, foxes, racoons and snakes hunt the inevitable pests and possums, large families of squirrels and birds call this place home too! 

  • There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry.

  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6 – 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.