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Fun tree facts and photo gallery | Christmas Trees

Fun tree facts and photo gallery

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Christmas has been celebrated since the Fourth Century, and coincides with even more ancient celebrations of the winter solstice held by Germanic and Celtic peoples in pre-Christian times. Holly, mistletoe, Yule logs and feasting all played a role in these ancient festivals thousands of years ago.

You never know when an elf might appear at Greenway Farms!

You never know when an elf might appear at Greenway Farms!

The Christmas tree probably got its start in Strasbourg, France, in the early 1600s, as part of local Christmas celebrations. Christmas trees became so popular that their use spread throughout Europe. Immigrants to the United States brought the custom with them in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Up until the early 20th century, actual candles were used on trees. Lighting the tree was a special event that lasted a short time.

There are approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year.

Bring a Greenway Farms fresh tree home this Christmas.

Bring a Greenway Farms fresh tree home this Christmas.

These trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada, mostly on small Christmas tree farms. In comparison, 80 percent of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.

Recycling your tree can be as simple as leaving it in your woods or brush pile to compost, where it provides a shelter for wildlife and eventually returns its nutrients to the soil.

There are about 500,000 acres in production for growing Christmas trees in the United States. This crop helps preserve green space and employs 100,000 Americans part-time or full-time.

As crisp fall weather sets in across Howard County, Maryland, we get ready for the Christmas season.

As crisp fall weather sets in across Howard County, Maryland, we get ready for the Christmas season.

A snowy December twilight at Greenway Farms.

A snowy December twilight at Greenway Farms.



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