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 U.S. Department of Agriculture

By Charles C. Littleton, Marketing Specialist
Fruit and Vegetable Division

pdfHow to buy a Christmas tree


 Pick Your Own Christmas Tree

Find a choose and cut tree farm or fresh pre-cut trees near you!

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Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?

The tree was traditionally decorated with "roses made of colored paper, apples, wafers, tinsel, [and] sweetmeats". In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification. Today, there is a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garlands, baubles, tinsel, and candy canes. An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the Angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity. Edible items such as gingerbread, chocolate and other sweets are also popular and are tied to or hung from the tree's branches with ribbons.

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5 ways to cat-proof your Christmas tree

Keep your kitty — and your holiday decorations — safe with these tips for cat-proofing your tree.

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Holiday Recycling

Household waste generally increases during the holidays. Get on the “nice list” by learning how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle the right way during the holidays. You are free to download and share our list of learning activities.