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Six Facts About the Christmas Tree
Historic Facts About the Christmas Tree! Let’s have a look at some of the fun, and perhaps lesser known facts about the popular evergreen tree we know and love. A series of six: O Tannenbaum.
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A Love Like This
The reference in, “O Tannenbaum,”refers to the evergreen (everlasting) quality of the tree. It stands as a symbol of faithfulness.The modern text by Ernst Anschütz was actually based on a 16th Century folk song by Melchior Franck about a faithless lover.
Contrafactum is Now a Word You Know
O Tannenbaum’s tune has been used as a contrafactum many times, notably in the state songs of: Iowa, Michigan, Maryland, and formerly, Florida. Several colleges and universitieshave adapted it as well. And now you’re humming.
The Tree That Broke the Bank
Prices for Chrismas trees in the United States range from around$27.00 to $76.00 as of 2017.A“Fortune” article from 2016cites that trees in New York Cityreached prices upwards of $1,000.00, due to drought.
Why, Thank You
Breathe it in! The National Christmas Tree Association has said that every acre of Christmastrees in production produced thedaily oxygen requirement for 18 people; with 500,000 acres in production in the U.S. alone, that amounts to oxygen for 9 million people per day.
Grab Yer Hatchet, Pa
Christmas trees were generally cut by the family for their own use, but in 1901 the first Christmas tree farm was established. It wasn’t until the 1930s and 1940s, however, that felling one’s own tree gave way in popularity to the farms.
My family still chops our own, here in rural Pennsylvania, although, when my daughter is grown, I don’t know if we still will.
“Darn thing looks like it was made out of green pipe cleaners” – A Christmas Story
What’ll It Be?
Americans spend around 250 million dollars on Christmas trees each year. The most popular varieties? Douglas-fir, Scots pine and Fraser fir are the top sellers. In the United Kingdom, Nordmann fir and Norway spruce are the preferred choices.
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