Christmas (29907)

It is a recognized fact that the Christmas tree custom is one that was brought to the land of America by German immigrants who retained a practice that was popular in their former homeland. Nowadays, a Christmas tree, even a miniature one, is present in just about each household at Christmas. It is consequently interesting to note some little-know facts about the Christmas Tree and other customs associated to Christmas. The first interesting fact is the source of actual Christmas Trees for a few Americans. These can be purchased at a Christmas Tree Farm or at several local stores and other business establishment in just about every town and city across the country during Christmas time. But according to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans purchase about 330,000 Christmas trees that are real through e-commerce or from a catalogue and have them transported by mail-order. The fragrance of real Christmas trees is the reason they're so popular. But as they stand mutely in their ornamental wonder, they also are offering another benefit. The Christmas Tree Association supposes the amount of oxygen created on a day-to-day basis by one acre of Christmas tree is enough to supply enough oxygen for 18 people. And around the first week, a Christmas Tree at home will utilize up to one quart of water each day to help continue its longevity for the rest of the Christmas season. Since Christmas festivities gained popularity in America, the Christmas Tree has constantly been a big tradition. During the 1950s however, artificial Christmas trees were not constantly green. It was really popular during those times to own artificial trees with other colors such as silver, pink and aqua. The appeal in owning these colored Christmas trees may have been due to the fact that they appeared shiny and brilliant and appeared like tinsel rather than green foliage.

A crucial ceremony related to the Christmas tree that earns national attention during the Christmas season is the lighting up of the National Christmas Tree at the White House. This tradition can be credited to President Calvin Coolidge who lit up the first ornamented Christmas tree outside at the White House in 1923.The lighting of the National Christmas Tree has also been utilized to carry some symbolic meaning not related to Christmas. It wasn't lighted until Dec. 22 in 1963 because of a national mourning period of thirty days for the assassination of President Kennedy. And while Teddy Roosevelt was President he made an order that banned the Christmas tree from the White House, not for the assassination of President McKinley in 1901, which made him to be president, but for reasons related to the environmental issues. Likewise, when the National Christmas Tree was lighted on December 13 in 1984, temperatures were in the 70s during a warm December.

Christmas has been celebrated in the United States since the 1600s though it wasn't all of the time very popular. More than two centuries have passed into the mid-late 1860s for Christmas to become a popular holiday season all over America. So perhaps the rest of the country owes the holiday of Christmas Day to the state of Alabama, which in 1836 became the first state to declare Dec. 25 a national holiday. It is interesting to note that Congress was in session on Christmas Day of 1789.

And to establish how far ahead of the game Alabama was, it was not until June 26, 1870 that the federal government announced Christmas as a federal holiday. Though Christmas is grounded on the Christian religion, not all Christian groups observe the season. Among the Christian groups who don't celebrate Christmas and related customs like sending greeting cards are Jehovah Witnesses. Jehovah Witnesses and other non-participating Christian groups opine Christmas isn't specifically brought up in the Bible as a time or reason to celebrate and since they strictly adhere to the word of the Bible, they don't celebrate Christmas.