Did you know that Christmas trees are edible!
Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition. And what a great way to recycle your tree! ; )
More Christmas Tree Trivia
* The Canadian province of Nova Scotia leads the world in exporting lobster, wild blueberries, and Christmas trees.
* The origin of the Christmas tree began in Germany in the sixteenth century. Previously some people had decorated fir trees that were outside of their house, but up until then had not been brought inside the house and decorated. Queen Victoria’s husband Albert, who came from Germany, saw the trees and brought the tradition home to England.
* The first American Christmas tree was introduced by a German family who emigrated and settled in Pennsylvania.
* The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.
* The first decorations were mostly apples and nuts.
* Christmas trees take an average of 7-10 years to mature.
* For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place. Each hectare provides the daily oxygen requirements of 45 people.
* It is considered bad luck to put up your Christmas tree before the 1st of December.
* January the 6th is the traditional end of the Christmas holiday and is the date on which w the Christmas tree should be taken down. Taking down the tree any earlier is thought to bring bad luck for the rest of the new year.
* Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. He had Christmas tree lights made up especially and displayed them at his home on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
The first mass produced Christmas tree lights were produced by the Edison General Electric Co. in 1901.
* Artificial spiders complete with web are often included as a decoration on Ukrainian Christmas trees. It is believed that a spider web found on Christmas morning will bring good luck.