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Christmas Tree Tips and Info for Beginners

Did you ever wonder what are the most popular Christmas trees are in America?

Did you know that when your Christmas tree is cut that more than 1/2 of its weight is water? If you know how to care for your Christmas tree, you can maximize its display life and prevent it from becoming too dry.

Here is some interesting information about Christmas trees and how to care for them.

By the way, if you have remember Charlie Brown’s sad little Christmas tree, check out our last tip!

1. The Most Popular Christmas Trees

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Fraser Fir

The Fraser fir is the most popular Christmas tree, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Fraser firs naturally grow at elevations above 5,000 feet in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Its natural habitat is actually endangered, and ironically, their planting at lower elevations at Christmas tree farms is helping to save the species.

Fraser firs have soft, short needles, keep their needles for several weeks and have a wonderfully fragrant pine smell. This fir was named for the Scottish botanist John Fraser. He explored the Appalachian Mountains in the 18th century.

The second most popular Christmas tree is the Douglas fir (pictured below). The Douglas fir is actually not a true fir, and is a bit of a nightmare for botanists to classify. This is due in part to its unusual pine cone, with their strange snake-like structures hanging from each scale (see image below Douglas fir).

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Douglas Fir

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Unusual Pine Cone of Douglas Fir

 2. Tips to Keep Your Christmas Tree Healthy

You should make a new cut on the bottom of your Christmas tree before you place it in your stand. Cut about .5 of an inch off with a saw. Do NOT cut the trunk at an angle or make it into a V shape. This makes holding in your stand much more difficult. Plus, it will make it harder for your tree to absorb water. By the way, drilling holes in the bottom of the trunk does not help it absorb water, so don’t bother.

You should put your tree in the stand and get it in water as soon as possible. Your tree will absorb a lot of water for 6-8 hours after it is cut. The more water you can get in the tree, the longer it will last.

If you need to store the tree for a few days before decorating, that is fine. It can be kept in a cool place for days, but make sure the base is in a bucket of water.

You should make sure that your stand fits your Christmas tree. Do NOT whittle the trunk to fit your stand. Removing the outer rings of wood from your tree will damage its ability to absorb water.

Try to keep your Christmas tree away from heat, such as fireplaces, heaters and heating ducts. Having the room at a lower temperature will stop the tree from drying as quickly.

Try to use Christmas light that do not produce as much heat. These include miniature lights or LED lights (see image below). These lights will not dry out your Christmas tree as quickly.

 

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LED Christmas Lights

 

3. Interesting Facts About Christmas Trees

Christmas trees have been sold in the US since the 1850s.

The #1 state producer of Christmas trees is Oregon, according to 2005 statistics.

There are about 12,000 cut-your-own-Christmas-tree farms in the US.

The first decorated Christmas tree, to our knowledge, was in 1510, in Riga, Latvia.

About 22% of American households had a real Christmas tree in 2004, and about 45% had an artificial tree. The rest did not have a Christmas tree.

Christmas tree lights were first produced and marketed in 1890. Before that, only candles were available to light Christmas trees (see image below).

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4. Remember Charlie Brown’s Sad Christmas Tree?

You know the one:

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Well, you can actually buy one these days! Buy one at Lowe’s or at many other stores! After all, it’s not such a bad little tree -

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