Throwback Thursday : December 3, 2020
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - On this week’s edition of throwback Thursday, we delve into a popular tradition during the Christmas holiday.
In the early 1800′s many Christmas traditions originated during the Victorian era.
One of those traditions was putting up Christmas trees. According to Kim Smith of the Presque Isle Historical Society, the first artificial Christmas trees came out of Germany in the 1840′s.
Smith says those in Germany at the time were not allowed to cut down real trees due to issues of deforestation, but came up with another way to keep the tradition alive.
“Necessity is the mother of invention right? They went and got whatever they had on hand and they made their own trees. Hence, the very first artificial Christmas tree…came from Germany around 1845. What they did was gathered up goose feathers… they had a lot of goose feathers and they tied them around twigs, they put berries on the end, and they made their very own goose feather Christmas trees.”
Smith adds artificial trees didn’t become popular in the United States until after 1900s.
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