While I was decorating the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, I thought to myself: "Who was the first person to decorate a pine tree for the holidays?" So, I had to find out. The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510. Neat!
Here are some other Christmas tree factoids you can drop on your peeps this year:
Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United states since about 1850. Until fairly recently, all Christmas trees came from the forest.
The first Christmas tree retail lot in the United States was started in 1851 in New York by Mark Carr.
California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states.
Artificial Christmas trees originated in Germany.
Christmas trees were once hung upside down.
Thomas Edison's colleague was the first to put electric lights on a Christmas tree.
So many more tidbits, so little time...