Monday's Five Fascinating Xmas Tree Facts

Written on November 30th, 2015

Christmas ConcertThe first artificial tree was created in Germany, from goose feathers! A Canadian environmental consulting firm found that an artificial tree would have to be reused for over 20 years to be greener than buying a cut tree annually! Calculations included greenhouse gas emissions, use of resources, and human health impacts. 

One way to recycle a cut Christmas tree is to eat it! Pine needles can be dried out and ground into a citrus-like spice to be used as a rub for poultry, as a garnish, or added to rice or cookie dough for example; or how about pine butter?  (7oz butter, 3 1/2 tbsp dried pine needles, a sprig of lemon thyme mixed in a blender until soft and green.) Evergreen derives from from the Old English word 'aefie' meaning always, and 'gowan' meaning to grow. Together, the words have been symbols of life and eternal rebirth since ancient times. 

Special Delivery: Between 1887-1933 a fishing schooner from Michigan would tie up in Chicago to sell spruce trees every December. You can find this colourful tree in our festive Christmas Collection. tree  

Denise Howie

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