Christmas Tree Tradition In America. After a rich history christmas trees both real and artificial have become the centerpiece of the season and the classic christmas tradition that doesn t appear to be going anywhere anytime. Taken to north america by german settlers as early as the 17th century christmas trees were the height of fashion by the 19th century.
The christmas tree of queen victoria and prince albert became known in america in the late 1840s and in the 1850s reports of christmas trees began appearing in american newspapers. The tradition of gigantic christmas trees in public spaces seems to be an american one that dates back to the late 19th century. A decorated tree is usually one of the first decorative signs that the christmas holiday season has arrived.
To have a tree up before or after these dates was even considered bad luck citation needed and that to avoid bad luck from affecting the house s residents the tree must be left up until after the following twelfth.
A newspaper report described an interesting festival a christmas tree which was viewed in concord massachusetts on christmas eve 1853. The tradition of gigantic christmas trees in public spaces seems to be an american one that dates back to the late 19th century. The electricity lobby pushed for the first national christmas tree. An early account tells of a christmas tree set up by american soldiers at fort dearborn illinois the site of chicago in 1804.