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Fred Meyer Fresh Cut Christmas Trees

Don’t you just love the smell of a fresh cut tree? When you’re looking for the perfect tree for your living room, you’ll find it at Fred Meyer. Our Trees are locally grown in the northwest and freshly cut.

Choose from:

  • Douglas Fir – this Northwest classic has feathery soft needles and a subtle fragrance
  • Noble Fir – these traditional trees have a rich fragrance, strong branches and good needle retention
  • Sizes available:
    • Doulas Fir 5’-7’
    • Noble Fir 4’-6’
    • Noble fir 6’-7’
    • Noble fir with stand 2’-3’

History of Christmas Trees

  • The first record of Christmas trees in America was in the 1830s when German settlers brought the tradition to Pennsylvania.
  • While Americans didn’t take to Christmas trees right away, as they grew in popularity at the end of the 19th Century it was noted that Americans liked for their trees to reach from floor to ceiling, while Europeans’ trees were usually about four feet tall.
  • The first Christmas tree retail lot in the United States was started in 1851 in New York by Mark Carr.
  • Thomas Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882.
  • Christmas tree lights were first mass produced in 1890 and Christmas ornaments started to gain popularity in the 1890s.
  • In 1900, large stores started to erect big illuminated Christmas trees.
  • Growing Christmas Trees
  • There are approximately 25-30 million Real Christmas Trees sold in the U.S. every year.
  • There are close to 350 million Real Christmas Trees currently growing on Christmas Tree farms in the U.S. alone, all planted by farmers.
  • North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states and Canada. Eighty percent (80%) of artificial trees worldwide are manufactured in China, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.
  • Real Trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and possible metal toxins such as lead.
  • There are more than 4,000 local Christmas Tree recycling programs throughout the United States.
  • For every Real Christmas Tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted the following spring.
  • There are about 350,000 acres in production for growing Christmas Trees in the U.S.; much of it preserving green space.
  • There are close to 15,000 farms growing Christmas Trees in the U.S., and over 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the industry.
  • It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of typical height (6 – 7 feet) or as little as 4 years, but the average growing time is 7 years.
  • Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.
  • The top six Christmas tree producing states Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Washington & Wisconsin, But Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees.
  • Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air.
  • 59 percent of real Christmas trees harvested are recycled in community programs.
  • An acre of Christmas trees provides for the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people.
  • More than one million acres of land have been planted in Christmas trees and the industry employs over 100,000 people.
    The US National Christmas Tree and Christmas Trees in the White House
  • In 1856 Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House.
  • President Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn in 1923.
  • Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons.
  • In 1963, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted until December 22nd because of a national 30-day period of mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a Christmas tree to the President and first family.
  • In 1979, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted except for the top ornament? This was done in honor of the American hostages in Iran.
  • In 1984, the National Christmas was lit on December 13th with temperatures in the 70’s, making it one of the warmest tree lightings in history.

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