O Tannenbaum! Christmas tree facts by the numbers

O Tannenbaum! Christmas tree facts by the numbers
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Tweens have outgrown visits to Santa and they may be ready for something other than Zoo Lights, but there are some traditions that they never outgrow. Trimming the Christmas tree is one such tradition and I'm very grateful for that.

My tween asks a lot of questions lately, including about the trees that fill people's homes this time of year. I was looked up Christmas tree facts to answer her and thought I'd share the info. You can explore the wonder of Christmas trees by just looking at the numbers.

15   The number of years trees usually grow before being sold as live Christmas trees.

18   How many people can get their daily oxygen requirements from 1 acre of planted Christmas trees.

50   The number of states that grow Christmas trees. Yup, even Hawaii.

80   Percentage of artificial trees worldwide manufactured in China.

93   Percentage of real Christmas tree consumers recycle their tree in one of more than 4,000 community recycling programs, their garden or backyard.

98   The percentage of all live Christmas trees are grown on farms, while only 2% are cut from the wild.

1510   The year the first decorated Christmas tree appeared. It was displayed in Riga, Latvia.

1824  Year Ernst Anschutz wrote the lyrics to O Tannenbaum and paired them with a traditional German folk song.  "Tannenbaum" means fir tree in German, but they lyrics do not actually refer to a Christmas tree or decorations. Anschutz just really loved his evergreens.

1890   The first year Christmas tree lights were first mass-produced after Thomas Edison's assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882.

21,000   Number of Christmas tree growers are in the United States.

Photo by Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune

Photo by Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune

100,000   The approximate total of individuals employed full or part-time in the Christmas tree industry.

 10.9 million   How many artificial trees were purchased in the United States in 2012.

30-35 million   The number of live Christmas trees sold in the United States alone.

46 million   Amount of Christmas tree seedlings were planted by U.S. growers. More than 2,000 trees are usually planted per acre in 2012.

Source: The University of Illinois Extension Christmas Tree Facts

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