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Monday, December 19, 2016

Greetings Infomaniacs,

One of the debates I always hear around this time of year is whether to get a real or fake Christmas tree. It seems that a lot of it has to do with what your family did and the traditions you had growing up.

So which is better? Real or fake?

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."

HINT: (1928- ), standup comedian, television and stage actor, motivational speaker, university instructor and publisher. Best known as the author of 53 published books of humor.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510. The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.

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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.

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The official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933. Since 2004 the tree has been topped with a 550-pound Swarovski Crystal star. And since 2007, the tree has been lit with 30,000 energy-efficient LED's which are powered by solar panels.

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Live Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850. The first Christmas tree retail lot in the United States was started by Mark Carr in New York, in 1851.

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Artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany during the 19th century and later became popular in the United States. These trees were made using goose feathers that were dyed green and attached to wire branches. The wire branches were then wrapped around a central dowel rod that acted as the trunk.

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In the United States, there are more than 15,000 Christmas tree farms. There are approximately 350 million Christmas trees growing on U.S. farms. Approximately 100,000 people are employed full or part-time in the Christmas tree industry.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."

ANSWER: Larry Wilde.

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