Christmas Trees by the Numbers: 12 Fa-La-La-La Fun Facts to Share

christmas treeOut with the Thanksgiving turkey, in with the Christmas tree! It's the same split-second switch every holiday season, and this year is no exception. But no matter how many ornaments you've hung or lights you've strung, you probably don't know as much as you think you do about the tradition. Like, do you know exactly how many Christmas trees were purchased last year? Can you guess?

Trust me, you can't. Because A LOT of Christmas trees were sold last year! But don't pout or cry -- you'll find the answer to that question and tons more tree-related trivia/holiday party conversation starters after the jump.


Christmas Trees by the Numbers:

19 feet of Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in Jefferson, North Carolina were delivered to the First Family at the White House today.

40 "Bo-flake" ornaments can be found throughout the White House.

81 years ago, the first tree went up in Rockefeller Center, but it was nothing like the spectacular annual displays we're used to seeing today -- it was little and plain, placed by construction workers at the center of a site.

977,000 results were generated from a simple Google Search for "Christmas trees for purchase."

30.8 million Christmas trees were purchased in 2011.

221 feet was the height of the tallest Christmas tree ever cut, a Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington in 1950.

45 million Christmas trees were planted in 2008, approximately, adding to the existing 400 million trees.

30-35 million real (living) Christmas trees are sold each year in the U.S.

150,000 needles are on the average size Christmas tree, according to The Forestry Commission.

18 people can get their daily requirement of oxygen from an acre of Christmas trees.

$34.87 was mean average purchase price of a live tree in 2011.

100,000 people are employed full- or part-time in the Christmas tree industry.

How's that for fa-la-la-la fascinating?!

Do you have your Christmas tree yet?


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