The Christmas Tree

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The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas started in Livonia and Germany in the 16th century. A star is often placed at the top of the tree, because they represent the star in the East which hung over the manger in which Jesus was born.


People are very often decorating trees with apples, nuts, lights, pretzels and paper flowers.


Norway annually gifts a Christmas tree to Washington D.C. as a symbol of friendship between Norway and the US and as an expression of gratitude from Norway for the help received from the US during World War II¨.


30-35 million Christmas Trees are sold in the U.S. every year.


The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.


Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850. Until fairly recently, all Christmas trees came from the forest.


Norway has given London a tree 64 times. Trafalgar square Christmas tree.


In the United States, there are more than 21, 000 Christmas tree growers.



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