The American Christmas Tree

A German Immigrant

The custom of decorating trees during the holiday season began in Germany during the Middle Ages. By the early 19th century, German and other European settlers brought the tradition of Christmas trees to the United States.

Mark Carr

Some traditions have it that a guy named Mark Carr from New York opened the first Christmas tree lot in the United States in 1851. According to findings from a survey conducted in 2019 by the American Christmas Tree Association, they anticipated that 77 percent of homes in the United States would have a Christmas tree in their living room. There were both real and artificial trees on show, with the former accounting for approximately 81 percent of the latter.

A flock of flocked trees

The flocked Christmas tree is a distinctly American tradition. Maybe your parents or grandparents had one, and year after year, we began to associate that unique snow-covered tree with Christmas and the holiday season. Some prefer pink, blue, or red trees, while others prefer the white tree. Flocked trees peaked in the 1950s. Cellulose, rayon lint, water, and adhesive make flocking. 

Why use flocked trees other than nostalgia?

Flocked trees have many benefits, fire safety being the most notable. Flocked trees should always have flame retardants to reduce fire risk. Tree longevity also depends on moisture retention. Latex-flocked trees retain moisture and prevent dryness. Flocked trees don’t need water, so you may use a wire stand without worrying about your pet. Flock trees smell like pine and have a unique personality. Enthusiasts can obtain flock trees in numerous methods. Some garden centers sell flocked trees, but they are rare. Most garden centers order their trees, so they have a restricted selection. Call beforehand since flocking the tree takes 15-30 minutes, and heat drying takes 4-6 hours. Stores can produce trees with aerosol flock cans or one of the numerous flock formulas. Vendors should wrap trees in plastic for shipment.