Brief History of the Artificial Christmas Tree

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Years ago, the thought of an artificial Christmas tree was one that not many people had. Years ago, families would go into the woods cut down their own perfect Christmas tree. Or they would go to tree lots that would have fresh trees that had been cut down for the purpose of using these as Christmas trees. This tradition can be traced back to Germans who settled in the United States. Before that, in Germany in the late 1700s and 1800s were cutting down trees, decorating these and saw this as a sign that the holidays were here. 

However, in the late 1800’s, Germany started to see a huge issue with their tree population. They were using more trees than what was being planted, which creates a huge issue. It was in 1880 that the first artificial Christmas tree was induced. However, it was not your typical artificial Christmas tree. This was made entirely from Goose feathers. 

It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that the Addish Brush Company decided that there had to be a better way to make the artificial Christmas tree. This company had designed the first toilet brush, and they used the same principles of the brush for an artificial Christmas tree. This tree was pretty popular as it was a better alternative to the goose feather tree that could not hold as much weight as the brush designed tree. 

The popularity of artificial Christmas trees in the US didn’t really take off until the 1960’s when silver bristled artificial Christmas trees became popular. Those who opted for an artificial Christmas tree found that it was much easier to put up than having to go out into the cold to find their own tree. And many people enjoyed the fact that they no longer had to worry about bristles dropping or having to keep the tree watered. 

From there, the world of artificial Christmas trees has grown exponentially. There are tons of colors, sizes and unique attributes that can be found with artificial Christmas trees now. Families can find trees that super slender and perfect for small homes or apartments. Or they can find large ten foot tall Fir or Spruce that are going to be great for a huge home. The options are really unlimited as to what a family chooses. The one thing that you can say now is that you are glad that they are no longer made with goose feathers!

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