Calvin Coolidge was the first president to preside over the National Christmas tree lighting ceremony in In , a Pathway of Peace featuring smaller trees representing every state was added to the National Christmas tree celebration. Jackie Kennedy began the tradition of selecting a theme for the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room in , with a Nutcracker Suite ballet theme.
After the death of President Kennedy on November 22, , the lighting of the National Christmas tree was postponed until after a day period of national mourning.
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In , construction workers at the Rockefeller Center site decided to pool their money to buy a tree that they decorated with handmade garlands. In , Rockefeller Center made it an annual tradition.
During WWII, the Rockefeller tree was decorated with patriotic red, white, and blue globes and stars—and no materials needed for the war could be used on the tree. In , a foot Norway Spruce from Killingworth, Connecticut was the tallest Rockefeller tree ever.
Image courtesy Natl. There are almost 15, farms growing Christmas trees in the US and more than , people employed in the industry.
The average growing time for a Christmas tree is 7 years, but it can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree to the typical height of feet. In the first days, a cut tree in your home will consume as much as a quart of water a day. Ready to impress your friends and relatives with your newly learned tree trivia?
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Consider kicking off the holiday season with a tree trimming party. Still, for all its Silicon Valley-esque efficiency, the eco-tree still hearkens back to the days of yore. Shasta now looks after the reusable one. SF locals should look out for the lighting of the Union Square eco-tree on November It also features Jordin Sparks. This journeyman traveled an astounding 3, Stay tuned for the December 2 tree lighting ceremony, featuring none other than Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
Ryan has yet to ask the social media savvy spruce—something of a migrant! This year, Asendorf officially entered the Gardiner, New York, tree as a prospective city ornament. Manhattan, here we come! Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the New York City tree lighting on December 2.
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Another reusable artificial tree, this one in Orlando, Florida. This foot one will be lit during an elaborate ceremony December 4, featuring Mayor Buddy Dyer, a holiday concert from a local performing arts group, copious food trucks, and 88, animated lights.
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No Christmas, no problem! The ACLU made sure of it. This year, Stevens has something even more special planned. The Tallahassee Festivus Pole will be covered in the rainbow colors of the Pride flag, and topped with a very fancy disco ball.
Happy Holidays to all, indeed. She lives in San Francisco.