December 14, 2002

Tree Facts

In 1880, Woolworths first sold manufactured Christmas tree ornaments, and they caught on very quickly. Martin Luther, in the 16th century, is credited as being the first person to put candles on a tree, and the first electrically lighted Christmas tree appeared in 1882. Calvin Coolidge in 1923 ceremoniously lit the first outdoor tree at the White House.

Note: The rumor that Reverend Luther used the rough drafts of his 95 theses to light the candles is unsubstantiated.

Posted by Linkmeister at December 14, 2002 09:18 AM


Posted by: dan at December 14, 2002 06:54 PM

Actually, I learned something at that site: despite what we've been told, the theses were not tacked onto the church door, according to contemporaneous writings and reports. ;)

Posted by: Linkmeister at December 14, 2002 07:22 PM

isn't putting lit candles on dead trees a really bad, bad idea? just sayin'.

Posted by: kd at December 14, 2002 07:44 PM

You always find the coolest tidbits of information, I swear. You rule. :o)

Posted by: JeanNINE at December 17, 2002 12:58 PM

thesis?? i tried to smoke mine.

Posted by: tina at December 20, 2002 08:46 PM