The first Christmas tree was the centerpiece of holiday festivities in fifteenth century Latvia. Young men and women danced and sang around the tree before setting it on fire the last night of festivities. From those early traditions, to the first American tree in 1816, and into the present Christmas season, Christmas trees have been the focal point of holiday cheer. This timeline takes a look at some of the significant moments in the modern history of this Christmas icon.
It’s not good to cut down trees for mere decoration, says President Teddy Roosevelt in 1901, launching a century long debate on real Vs artificial trees.
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