Many of us know about the Christmas trees that are placed in the White House and Rockefeller Center. However, many of us may not know the history or some fun and interesting facts about the trees.
Here are some fun facts about the White House Christmas tree from christmastree.org:
- The tree is a 19-foot balsam fir
- It was grown on a farm near Neshkoro, Wisconsin
- It was planted 18 years ago
- The tree was hand-selected by the White House Superintendent of Grounds
- It is located in the Blue Room
- Nearly 100,000 visitors will see the tree
- The tree’s farm had to qualify for the national contest by first winning state and regional competitions
Another tree icon during the holiday season is the giant Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
Here are some fun facts about the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree from rockefellercenter.com:
- The tree is generally a Norway Spruce
- It is illuminated by 30,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights, which is approximately 5 miles of wire
- The tree is topped with a Swarovski crystal
Here are some more fun facts from nyctourist.com:
- The tree is recycled each year
- Approximately 3 tons of mulch is donated to the Boy Scouts of America
- A large portion of the trunk is donated to the United States Equestrian Team, and it is used as a jumping obstacle.
According to about.com:
- The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has to be a minimum of 65 feet tall and 35 feet wide.
- It is usually 50 years or older
- The farthest the tree has ever traveled is from Canada
- The tree travels in the middle of the night with a full police escort.
It’s nice to know these trees are appreciated in our society. I mean the tree gets a police escort! It’s also nice to know that environmentally-friendly lights are used and that the trees are recycled instead of simply being thrown away.
Although I do enjoy the large Christmas trees, it is sort of bitter sweet. If you think of how many years it took the tree to reach that size, it bothers me that we just cut it down for our own enjoyment. On the other hand, I do believe the trees help bring our country together are a symbols that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.
What are your thoughts? Does the recycling of the tree justify it being cut down? Have you ever seen either one of these trees up close in person? Do you think we should and will continue the tradition?