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Santa: Ho, ho, ho! Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the United States since about 1850.
Jay: Has the National Christmas Tree ever been used for other purposes?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! In 1979, the National Christmas Tree was not lighted except for the top ornament. This was done in honor of the American hostages in Iran.
Jay: How were the first trees sold?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! Well, from 1887-1933 a fishing schooner called the Christmas Ship would tie up at the Clark Street Bridge and sell spruce trees from Michigan to Chicagoans.
Jay: Where is the tallest Christmas tree located?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! The tallest living Christmas tree is believed to be the 122-foot, 91-year-old Douglas fir in the town of Woodinville, Washington.
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition began in 1933. Franklin Pierce, the 14th president, brought the Christmas tree tradition to the White House.
Jay: What President was first to light a Christmas tree on the White House lawn?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge started the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony now held every year on the White House lawn.
Jay: Who is behind bringing the tree to the White House?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has given a Christmas tree to the President and first family.
Jay: Are trees shipped directly from where they are grown?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! Most Christmas trees are cut weeks before they get to a retail outlet.
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! In 1912, the first community Christmas tree in the United States was erected in New York City.
Jay: How long does it take to grow a Christmas tree?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! Christmas trees generally take 6-8 years to mature.
Jay: Who grows the trees in the U.S.?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! Christmas trees are grown in all 50 states including Hawaii and Alaska.
Jay: How many workers are employed in the Christmas tree industry in the U.S.?
Santa: Ho, ho, ho! 100,000 people are employed in the Christmas tree industry.