11-29-2011 02:34 PM - edited 12-01-2011 08:27 AM
The tradition of the Christmas tree dates back to ancient pagan, and Druid times. It was said that a fresh cut, pyramidal, evergreen trees was brought into homes on the winter solstice, Dec. 22nd or 23rd, the darkest day of the year. The pyramidal, triangular, shape tree depicted the holy trinity, or the life, death and rebirth of pagan belief. Evergreen to signify everlasting life, and the hope of the spring to come!
In 1747, German settlers of Pennsylvania, introduce the Christmas tree custom into the United States. The first, decorated, Christmas tree is credit to, Charles Follen, of Cambridge, Ma in the 1840s. The Follen family, dazzled the neighborhood with the beautifully decorated tree, and the neighbors soon followed with their own tree displays. And so it began, the custom of tree trimming!
The Christmas tree industry in the U.S is recyclable and renewable. 500,000 acres in the U.S is devoted to tree farming, those living acres produce enough oxygen for 9 million people. 100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree farming industry. The Home Depot supports local, national, and international, renewable tree farms.
The first U.S. retail of Christmas trees was reported to be, in New York City, in 1850. Trees were cut down in the upper state forests; some were transported down the Hudson on boats and barges. Sold in the inner city, to the delight of people that had no way of getting out to cut down a tree of their own.
The Home Depot sells many varieties of “Fresh Cut Christmas Trees” throughout the country. I have worked for 17years with The Home Depot, receiving, cutting, bagging, and loading Christmas trees. I have watched families, make picking out a tree at “ The Home Depot” a Christmas tradition. It has been a pleasure to help customers pick out the “perfect tree.”
Start your family tradition, shop your local Home Depot, select your “perfect tree”, trim it up! Enjoy the season!!
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