Saturday, 11 June 2011

Christmas Quiltalong - Post 9

I like this so much I'm going to post it again! (Well, it's my blog, so I can do it if I want to.)
I'm not going to do a quiz this month.  There will still be a prize draw (when I decide what the prize is), but what I will do is draw a winner from amongst everyone who has posted during the day about what they are sewing today and I will announce the winner on Monday.

Now, here's some interesting facts about Christmas trees.  Did you know...

The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American named Ralph E. Morris in 1895. The new lights proved safer than the traditional candles, which often started fires by falling in the dry Christmas trees.

The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.

Real Christmas trees are an all-American product, grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. California, Oregon, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina are the top Christmas tree producing states. Oregon is the leading producer of Christmas trees - 8.6 million in 1998.

Christmas trees are edible. Many parts of pines, spruces, and firs can be eaten. The needles are a good source of vitamin C. Pine nuts, or pine cones, are also a good source of nutrition.

The best selling Christmas trees are Scotch pine, Douglas fir, Noble fir, Fraser fir, Virginia pine, Balsam fir and white pine.

For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place. Each hectare provides the daily oxygen requirements of 45 people.

Artificial Christmas trees have outsold real ones since 1991.

In 1856, President Franklin Pierce decorates the first White House Christmas tree.

Does anyone else know any useless facts about Christmas Trees?

Now it's 9.00 in the evening here, so I'm stopping for tonight.  Thanks so much everyone for joining in.  I hope you've had a good day, and look forward to seeing you all again next time.


  1. I love this Sue! Wow....9 posts in one day. I feel lucky to have posted twice so far.

  2. Thank you, Sue, for having this qal. And for all the information about Christmas Trees, one of the nicest things about the Christmas season.

  3. Enjoyed today Sue, thank you for hosting - already have the next one marked on the calendar. Christmas tree trivia - Germany made the first artificial Christmas trees. They were made of goose feathers and dyed green.

    I have my great grandmother's feather tree from Germany

  4. I am working on finishing up my last 16 string blocks for RRCB, working on enlarging my lil twister quilt, working on a secret purple and white project, and a few more blocks to Raven stars too. Can't sit and work on only one quilt, I will get bored too easily. You can check out everything on my blog @ I always have a lot going on at once.

  5. I am just getting back to my room with wifi. There was service at the quilt show but noone there knew the username and password. Sorry I missed today. Hope all went well. Will check all the others soon.

  6. You are right, it is your blog and you can do what ya want. I do love the pattern you have chosen.

  7. I really love how that is turning out. I had to work today so no sewing for me!

  8. Christmas trees became popular in Great Britain when Queen Victoria (who had a German husband) had one. (Those of you who are actually British can correct me on this if I have it wrong.)

  9. Looks like a fun quilt along....sorry I've missed out! What a great quilt so far I love it! I also love talking about Christmas fun!

  10. Our local park has an area where you can take your Christmas trees to be shredded after twelfth night, and then you can collect the shreddings to use in your garden - my allotment paths smell of gorgeous pine right through until the summer!

  11. Is it too late to join? Mal


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