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Thanksgiving has passed and December is fast approaching. We are officially entering the holiday season. Buying a Christmas tree is on everyone’s mind. It is fun to learn some background facts when it comes to our fresh trees and greenery that we use for holiday decorating.
I want to give a shout-out to the VIRGINIA CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS ASSOCIATION (VCTGA) for much of the information that I am about to share with you in this blog. Maybe you didn’t even know that Virginia had a Christmas Tree Growers Association. It is an active association with many growers being members. In Virginia, we have over 4,600 acres being used to grow Christmas trees. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Virginia is # 10 in the U.S. by the number of operations with Christmas trees and # 7 by total trees harvested and total acreage.
Live Christmas trees have been brought into homes and decorated during the holiday season for hundreds of years.
THIS YEAR, THE CHRISTMAS TREE WAS DELIVERED MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY. THE 20 FOOT FRASIER FIR WAS PROVIDED BY A GROWER FROM NORTH CAROLINA.
Are you aware of the TREES FOR TROOPS program? Last year the National Christmas Tree Association provided 16,651 Christmas trees to military families. The VCTGA provided 1,239 to various branches of the military.
So, as we begin to select our personal Christmas tree, I hope many of you enjoyed learning a little history with the origin of the Christmas tree. Now, here are a few important care tips to help keep your prized Christmas tree fresh throughout the holiday season:
After the season, Christmas trees can be re-cycled as kindling, mulch, or placed in ponds for fish habitat.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!!!