The Christmas season is a yearly celebration observed primarily on December 25 to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. It often involves gift-giving, decorating Christmas trees, and singing Christmas carols.
A Christmas tree is a decorated evergreen coniferous tree, sometimes an artificial one, also used as a decoration along with other Christmas decorations, such as garlands and Christmas lights. The modern Christmas tree was developed in early modern Germany during the 16th century. It was considered an important part of German culture at the time, and trees were decorated with edibles such as apples and sugar cubes. Christmas trees came to be decorated with burning candles later on.
Christmas trees are decorated to make the house and the area around look more beautiful. They are often trimmed with ornaments, garlands, lights, tinsel, and candy canes. People also sometimes put a star at the top as a symbol of Jesus Christ's birth. In Christianity, this is called a "Christingle."
It can also be decorated with apples for the fall season. During the Victorian era, people made their trees look like firs by decorating them with birds made of paper and other objects dangling from branches.
Christmas trees are often fresh-cut, potted, or artificial and used as both indoor and outdoor decorations. Christmas trees are a part of the tradition of Christmas. People often get a new tree every year and sometimes share their trees with friends or use them to decorate their churches or schools.
Christmas trees also serve for remembrance. On the day after Christmas, people take all of the decorations off of their trees and put them away until next year. Then they remember Jesus by going to a special church service called a "watchnight service."
Some people celebrate Christmas on December 6 or January 7, but most Christians around the world celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December. In the United States and some other places in the world, they also celebrate Thanksgiving in October or November.
Global christmas tree production
Christmas trees are grown in several countries around the world. In 2018, global production of Christmas trees was estimated at 22.1 million tonnes, down from 22.4 million tonnes in 2017. The majority of Christmas trees are produced in Europe, followed by North America and Asia.
In 2018, the top five Christmas tree-producing countries were:
1. Poland - 4.3 million tonnes
2. United States - 2.6 million tonnes
3. Canada - 2.4 million tonnes
4. Germany - 1.9 million tonnes
5. China - 1.6 million tonnes
Other countries in the top ten included: France, Denmark, Australia, Netherlands, and Belgium.
The majority of Christmas trees are cut down in forest areas specifically grown for this purpose. In the United States, for example, there are approximately 350,000 acres (142,000 hectares) of land dedicated to Christmas tree production. The average age of a harvested tree is 7 years old.
Once cut down, the trees are transported to processing facilities where they are trimmed and cut to customer specifications. The off-cuts from the tree-trimming process are often used as mulch or for other purposes.
After being processed, the trees are shipped to retailers where they are sold to consumers. In the United States, the average price of a real Christmas tree was $75 in 2018. Fake Christmas trees are also popular, with an estimated 1.3 million sold in the United States in 2018. The average price of a fake tree was $113 in 2018. The global market for Christmas trees is expected to grow in the coming years, driven by factors such as an increase in disposable income and a growing preference for artificial trees.