Here’s 12 facts we bet you didn’t know about our favourite festive features – Christmas Trees

Christmas is just around the corner. Meaning…time to find a tree! Most of us have them in our homes and workplaces every year, decorated with tinsel, fairy lights and baubles galore.

But it wasn’t always this way and there’s more to the humble Christmas tree than meets the eye. Lucky for you, we’ve got everything you need to get you fully clued up on this essential festive feature. Read on for fifteen fun facts about Christmas trees:

  1. The practice of decorating trees for Christmas began in Livonia (now Latvia and Estonia) as far back as the 15th and 16th centuries.
  2. Decorated Christmas trees were brought into family homes by the Germans in the 18th century.
  3. This domestic tradition spread to the UK in the mid-19th century.
  4. The first manufactured ornaments for Christmas trees were sold in 1880 by Woolworths.
  5. Electric lights for Christmas trees – replacing small candles – were an idea of Edward Johnson, Thomas Edison’s assistant. He installed the first Christmas tree lit with electric bulbs in New York City in December 1882.
  6. Britain consumes approximately 8 million trees each year, compared to around 40 million in the US.
  7. When growing, Christmas trees absorb gases like carbon dioxide to benefit the environment.
  8. Christmas trees are biodegradable, so they can be recycled to produce mulch and other useful products.
  9. The iconic tree in London’s Trafalgar Square is a gift from Oslo, in Norway – and has been each year since 1947. The gift – which typically stands over 20m tall and is between 50 – 60 years old – is in recognition of Britain’s support during the Second World War. The tree is felled in Norway during a ceremony that is attended each year by the British Ambassador to Norway, Mayor of Oslo, and Lord Mayor of Westminster.
  10. It’s estimated 100,000 people are employed in some capacity by the Christmas tree industry worldwide.
  11. Over a million acres of land have been used to grow Christmas trees.
  12. Real Christmas trees take 7 years on average to grow to their usual height of 6-7 feet – but can take anywhere from 4 to 15 years.

Christmas trees – A festive essential

Since they came to the UK in the mid-19th century, Christmas trees have become an essential part of the Christmas set-up. No home is complete without a tree at Christmas – and the same goes for your office.

Decorated Christmas trees can impress clients, boost employee morale and create that unique holiday spirit in the workplace. And with valley provincials Christmas tree service, you can get all that without any hassle or stress.

Get in touch today to discuss floral displays or a spectacular Christmas display for your office.

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