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Christmas Tree Facts & History

Updated on December 6, 2013
Christmas Tree in Berlin
Christmas Tree in Berlin | Source

History of Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree is a direct memorial of the human (family) tree. The Supreme father (GOD) is symbolized by the brightest star at the top of the tree. The tiny lights decorating the rest of the tree represents us, the human souls.

When the world becomes extremely impure and unrighteous, our supreme father descends on to the Earth to bring back the perfect Golden age. GOD, the seed of the human world tree, is incorporeal and takes the medium of an old man -(whom we refer to as Santa Claus) to create holy children who become instrumental for the growth of the new trees.

The greatest event of the human history repeats after every 5000 years when the old de generated tree is replaced by the new tree. This most auspicious occasion is celebrated by exchanging sweet pleasantries and old man gives gifts to children.

Christmas Tree with Gifts
Christmas Tree with Gifts | Source

The gifts at the foot of tree is the spiritual knowledge which our supreme father brings along with him:-

  • Child realize that you are a soul in this human body.
  • Understand that I, the supreme sou,l am your father.
  • Think of me always and all your sins will be absolved. Never repeat those mistakes.

Those Children who accept his gifts are filled with power and virtues and are able to turn away from sin and sorrow. They now radiate peace and happiness throughout the world and prepare to return home which is also the abode of their beloved father.

Origin of Christmas Tree

Artificial Christmas Tree
Artificial Christmas Tree | Source

Some Interesting Facts about Christmas Tree-

Christmas Trees are grown & even harvested in all the 50 States.
Using evergreen trees to celebrate the winter season was done even before the birth of Jesus Christ.
Since 1971, the Province of Nova Scotia has presented the Boston Christmas tree to the people of Boston, in gratitude for the relief supplies received from the citizens of Boston after a ship exploded in 1917 following a collision in the Halifax, Nova Scotia Harbor. Part of the city was leveled, killing and injuring thousands.
In 1971 the government concluded that Christmas tree tinsel made of lead was a health risk and convinced manufactures to voluntarily stop producing lead tinsel. It is now made of plastic.
About 94% of the real Christmas trees consumers recycle their trees in the community recycling programs, their garden or backyard.
It takes six to ten years of fighting heavy rain, wind, hail and drought to get a mature tree.
Artificial trees are made using the goose feathers that were dyed green & then are attached to wire branches. The branches are then wrapped around a dowel rod that acted as the trunk. These Christmas trees were started in Germany during the early 19th century and then it started gaining a lot of popularity in the United States. It is now made & sold in high numbers.
About 12 million artificial trees were purchased in the United States in 2012.

10 Facts about Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree in Italy, 2008
Christmas Tree in Italy, 2008 | Source

Most Popular Christmas Trees

Type of Christmas Tree
Fraser Fir
It is a southern fir and quiet similar to Balsam fir. Some experts in botanical field even say it is a southern extension of the Balsam fir species and naturally grows at elevations above 5,000 feet. This fir has dark green needles, 1.5 inch inch long and ships well. The tree has excellent needle retention along with a nice scent. Fraser fir was named for Scot botanist John Fraser.
Douglas Fir
Douglas Fir is not a true fir but actually has its own unique classification. Unlike true firs the cones on Douglas fir hang downward. Douglas fir grows cone-shaped naturally, has 1.5 inch of needles that are persistent and has a sweet scent when crushed. The Doug fir tree is shipped to and found in nearly every tree lot in the Unites States. The tree was named after David Douglas who studied the tree in the 1800's.
Balsam Fir
It is a beautiful pyramidal tree which has very short, flat, long-lasting needles. Balsam fir and Fraser fir have many similarities and some experts consider them extensions of the same species. Their geographic ranges do not overlap and the Balsam fir has to have cold winters and cool summers. Balsam fir has a nice, dark green color and very fragrant. The tree was named for the balsam orresin found in blisters on bark and which was used to treat wounds in Civil War.
Colorado Blue Spruce
This is most familiar tree to those people those prefer an ornamental landscape tree. The tree has dark green to powdery blue needles, about inches long and a pyramid shape when young. Colorado blue spruce is very often sold "living" and with an entire root ball - to be planted after the holidays. The spruce was chosen in 1978 and planted as the official living White House Lawn Christmas tree. The young tree is pleasingly symmetrical and is one of the best among species for needle retention and the state tree of both Utah & Colorado.
Scotch Pine
This pine is the most planted commercial Christmas tree in North America according to NCTA. However, this survey does not suggest that it is the most popular. A true pine, Scots pine was imported from Europe and is not native to America. It was first used in reforestation efforts in the New World. Scotch pine tree has stiff branches, two bundled dark green needles about 3 inches long that are retained for four weeks. The aroma is long-lasting and lingers through the entire season. Scotch pine does not drop needles when dry - excellent retention.
Fraser Fir Tree in White House
Fraser Fir Tree in White House | Source
Types of Christmas Tree
Eastern Red Cedar
This tree is mainly a regional favorite and has been a traditional Christmas tree of the South side. Branches of the famous eastern red cedar are light but compact and forms a pyramidal crown as a young tree. Actually ERC is not a true cedar but in fact a juniper. These needles are a dark, shiny, green color and sharp and prickly to the touch.
White Spruce
This is a famous tree of the northeast USA and Canada. It is a quite a favorite because it grows into the best shapes in the wild. White spruce has green to bluish green needles but crushed needles have an unpleasant odor. A major problem with the spruce is it has poor needle retention. The tree is excellent for use of heavy ornaments.
Eastern White Pine
This beautiful Christmas tree has been valued as a timber tree for centuries but it can be cultivated for a Christmas tree if heavily sheared. This tree retains needles throughout the season but has almost no fragrance & not a good tree for heavy ornaments. The tree is sought by people who suffer from allergic reactions to more fragrant trees. The White pine is one of the largest pine in United States and the state tree of Michigan and Maine.
White Fir or Concolor Fir
This is one of the longest-needled & sharp firs and is sometimes mistaken for a pine. A significant portion of these Christmas trees are used in California. Concolor fir has blue-green needles that are about 1.5 inches long. The fir has a nice shape with a pleasing aroma and good needle retention.
Virginia Pine
This tree has recently been used as a Christmas tree. It has the ability to tolerate even high temp. & is seen as an alternative to Scotch pine tree. The tree has to be formed into shape; the foliage is dark green to gray in color; the limbs are stout with woody branches; Virginia pine is one of the most purchased Christmas trees in the Southeastern United States.

Christmas Trees - Learn About Different Types

Christmas Tree Farm in California
Christmas Tree Farm in California | Source
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