It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.
Oh, the Christmas tree…how I love thee. Nothing says Christmas more than a grand ol’ pine strung with lights and ornaments, topped with a star and sheltering wrapped bundles of joy. So on this, the Fourth Day of Christmas, we would like to share some fun and interesting Christmas tree facts courtesy of our friends at Pickyourownchristmastree.org. Enjoy!
1) The first known decorated Christmas tree appeared in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
2) An acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirements for 18 people.
3) Roughly 35 million Christmas trees are produced every year.
4) The Christmas tree industry employs approximately 100,000 people.
5) The top six Christmas tree producing states are Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington, and Wisconsin.
6) More than 330,000 Christmas trees were sold on the internet last year.
7) The value of all Christmas trees harvested in 2001 was $360 million.
8) The idea for Christmas tree lights came from Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, in 1882.
9) Franklin Pierce was the first president to place a Christmas tree in the White House in 1856.
10) At one time, Tinsel was banned by the government because it contained lead; today, it is made of plastic.
11) The best selling trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and white pine.