Although families have been divided by the debates between a real or artificial tree, and white or multicolored lights, the Christmas tree tradition is a fun one. Take time between decking the halls and trimming the tree for this Christmas tree trivia quiz.
How tall is the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree?
The Norway spruce that will stand in New York’s Rockefeller Center is 85 feet tall. Last year’s tree was decorated with 45,000 multicolored LED lights, and they anticipate putting at least that many on this year’s tree.
Interestingly, the very first tree at Rockefeller Center was unadorned. Construction workers placed a bare tree there at the center of a construction site in 1931.
What year did Ernst Anschutz write the lyrics to “O Tannenbaum”?
In 1824 Ernst Anschutz. wrote the lyrics to “O Tannenbaum” and paired them with a traditional German folk song. “Tannenbaum” means fir tree in German.
Who came up with the idea for electric Christmas lights?
Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the bright idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. It didn’t long for them to catch on, maybe because of the fire hazard posed by adorning trees with candles. Christmas tree lights were first mass-produced in 1890 and they’ve been lighting up holiday trees and lots of other items ever since.
How many states grow Christmas trees?
Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states. Yup, even Hawaii. Mele kalikimaka!
How many years do trees usually grow before being harvest and sold as live Christmas trees?
An average of 15 years of growth is needed for trees to make it to market looking lush and full. While they’re growing, they’re cleaning the air. Approximately 18 people can get their daily oxygen requirements from just 1 acre of planted Christmas trees.
What material was used in place of needles on the first artificial Christmas trees in Germany in the late 1800’s?
Goose feathers that were dyed green and attached to wire branches of the artificial trees. The wire branches were then wrapped around a central dowel rod that acted as the trunk.
Who was the first president to host the first National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn?
You can find more Christmas trees facts from the University of Illinois Extension here.
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