Did you know that the Christmas tree is a tradition that stems all the way back to 1570?
Here’s 11 other surprising things you probably didn’t know about your favourite festive tree.
1. The average Christmas tree contains about 30,000 bugs and insects. Maybe try not to think about this too much if you’re a little squeamish about creepy crawlies.
2. A Christmas tree will consume as much as a quart of water per day in the first week of it being in your home. Thirsty work!
3. Plantations of growing Christmas trees provide a habitat for many types of wildlife including birds, mammals and insects.
4. Approximately 60 million Christmas trees are grown each year in Europe.
5. It takes around seven years to grow a Christmas tree of average retail height (which is about 6-7 feet). Some trees can take up to as much as 15 years to reach full size.
6. Every year since 1947, the people of Oslo in Norway have given a Christmas tree to the city of Westminster as an expression of good will and gratitude for Britain’s help to Norway during World War II.
7. Winter evergreen trees have been regarded as a symbol of fertility even before the time of Christ.
8. Forget the multi-coloured baubles, American immigrants used to decorate their trees simply with apples, nuts and marzipan cookies. Delicious!
9. The first artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany during the 19th century, they were made using goose feathers that were dyed green and attached to wire branches.
10. The world’s tallest Christmas tree is recorded as being 221 feet high! It was erected in a Washington shopping mall in 1950.
11. The earliest known reference to a Christmas tree is in a German pamphlet from 1570.
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