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Christmas Tree Facts Infographic

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Christmas time is right around that corner, so why not a graphic to celebrate the origins of the Christmas tree? This graphic, created by All in One Garden & Leisure, gives a rather unique look at the tree’s beginnings and its, for lack of  better words, journey through time.

One of the interesting stats presented by the graphic is the number of households who choose to put an artificial tree up versus a real tree taken right out of the forest (or jungle if you’re celebrating Christmas in South Africa).  The pie charts in the graphic demonstrate that more people in the U.S. opt to go with a natural tree then their fellow tree buyers in the U.K. My gut reaction when I saw that stat was, “I wonder how many trees are actually grown the U.K.?  Doesn’t seem like there is nearly as much land.” And sure enough, my question was answered right below that.   As I suspected, there are more trees (many, many more trees actually) grown in  the U.S. then there are grown in Great Britain. There are 20.8 million trees grown the U.S. and 4.4 million grown in the United Kingdom. With these kind of numbers, it does make sense that there would be a higher percentage of real Christmas trees bought in the U.S.  The U.S. is more intent on destroying its forests than the U.K it would seem.  The graphic notes that each acre of land dedicated to growing Christmas trees would provide the daily oxygen required for 18 people to live.  Basically, the graphic does a good job of making you feel guilty about celebrating Christmas with a real tree.

The most popular real tree brand by the way is a humdinger of a tree dubbed the Fraser Fir. The graphic showcases a little tree time line, noting that the first Christmas tree was used in Latvia in 1515 and that the explosion of Christmas trees in America began in 1901 with the under-hyped birth of the first Christmas tree farm in New Jersey. Today 98% of Christmas trees purchased around the world are grown on tree farms. Only 2% are cut in the wild. Of those that are cut in the wild, a tree farmer either uses a saw or a trained animal with sharp teeth, such as an alligator, to slowly chomp away at the tree until it falls down.  We do have a bit of a worldwide tree waste problem, with 976,000 real Christmas trees thrown away each year–in London alone.

Some other neat facts in the graphic: using electric lights on Christmas trees was first suggested by Thomas Edison’s upstart assistant, Edward Johnson, in 1882. Alright, let’s go to the grading portion now.

Design: A+

I was knocked out my chair by the brilliance of this graphic. Perfect in every way.

Content: A

There are no shortage of interesting facts here. A superb research job.

So to recap, a stupendous job by the artist. A stupendous job by the writer. This is what an infographic was meant to be.


11 Comments on “Christmas Tree Facts Infographic”

  1. 1 Reem said at 1:22 pm on November 20th, 2010:

    hmm, C- in my opinion: different design elements in different styles and poorly research.
    Flats bars with some kind of shiny surface only represent 1st 2nd and 3rd. If you choose a barchart, then at least show the numbers of the people that voted for 1, 2 and 3.
    Figures of 2001 and 2002 ! Hello, we live 2010 now.
    A time line that isn’t a time line; this is a summery. A timeline lets you visually see where in history things happened. I know 1510 is between 1509 and 1511.
    Oxygen for 18 people, hmm, is this good/bad how much CO2 is needed by the farmer to harvest this acre, why do i want to know this? Infographics are about content and giving meaning to the content by visuals.

    A very badly traced statue of Liberty with white, then 4 photo’s in different camera angles in sepia tone and an adult male from 1,6 metres(!?): why? is the maker 1,6m, it sure isnt an avarage, maybe by irish leprechauns.

    I’m sorry but i get so tired of these badly made internet pole-graphics.

    Recap: This is surly NOT what infographics are about.

  2. 2 kula said at 3:34 pm on December 6th, 2010:

    Where’s Canada?

  3. 3 Mary Green said at 2:22 pm on December 7th, 2010:

    Reem just sounds miserable. I think the graphic is great.

  4. 4 Karl Loog said at 11:43 am on December 8th, 2010:

    The timeline is not entirely correct. According to the first documented uses of a Christmas tree in Estonia, in 1441, 1442, and 1514 the Brotherhood of the Blackheads erected a tree for the holidays in their brotherhood house in Reval (now Tallinn).
    see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_tree

  5. 5 Bev said at 11:15 pm on December 8th, 2010:

    We celebrate Christmas in Canada too and are a much larger country than ALL of the countries used as examples. We not only buy, but sell trees to many other countries, so why are we not part of your survey??

  6. 6 245 said at 3:30 pm on December 9th, 2010:

    don’t criticize so much if you don’t even have grammar and spelling skills. let me help you out:

    not “summery”, summary.
    not “photo’s”, photos.
    not “avarage”, average.
    not “surly”, surely.

    good site =)

  7. 7 Lily said at 11:11 pm on December 10th, 2010:

    I love how quick the author is to accuse the US of not caring about it’s forests (at least when it comes to cutting Christmas trees) yet ignores the information right above that not only to trees cut from the forest only make up 2% of Christmas trees, but that 3 trees are planted for every one that is cut. And is the author trying to say that farm grown trees somehow create less oxygen then farm grown trees? The infographic is just fine, but whoever wrote the following paragraphs has come to some, let’s say… interesting conclusions.

  8. 8 cj said at 8:43 pm on December 13th, 2010:

    Christmas trees are of pagan origins. It has nothing to do with the birth of Jesus. Heck, He wasn’t even born on 25th December. You want to do research, do some on the true meaning of Christmas.

  9. 9 grds said at 3:30 am on December 22nd, 2010:

    The author of the paragraphs underneath this neat graphic does not understand that having a real tree in your house is better for the environment than a fake one. Fake trees are factory made around the world and shipped to consumer societies like the USA, Canada and the UK. Many of the trees ‘thrown away’ in Canada are collected as “green waste” (in many municipalities, anyway). While these tree farms appear to create new carbon sinks, it is important to note many new studies show limited evidence for carbon sequestration by increased biomass in forests.

    Love this pagan tradition that Christianity has taken on. It’s neat how lots of Christian symbols have been added to a tree in order to make it quintessential with Christmas!

  10. 10 Papanoeltrees said at 9:15 am on April 10th, 2011:

    Great page to help more people understand the Christmas Tree industry.

  11. 11 Alex said at 12:21 am on December 17th, 2012:

    You have publish an informative and interesting infographic about Christams Tree. I’ve visited another site which has decorated Christmas tree with some interesting fun facts. It is located here http://www.couponrefund.com/blog/christmas-tree-facts