Each year 35 million American families bring a real
Christmas tree into their homes to become a warm and glowing part of their holiday celebration.
In 1842 Charles Minnegerode introduced the custom in Williamsburg, Virginia.
His tree was described as splendidly decorated with
strings of popcorn, gilded nuts, and lighted candles. The fourteenth
president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was the first president
to set up a Christmas tree in the White House.
The enduring tree symbol remains a firmly established part of
our holiday customs, engaging not only our senses of sight, touch, and smell but also our
sense of family, spirit and tradition.