• 1510, the first decorated Christmas Tree is in Riga, Latvia. Early Christmas Trees are decorated with paper, fruits and sweets.
  • 1531, the first retail Christmas Tree lots are started in German cities.
  •  By the 1600's, Christmas Trees are decorated with ribbon, tin shapes, small books and lace as well as food.
  • 18th century, the first recorded Christmas Tree decorated with lit candles.
  • 1777, the tradition of the Christmas Tree is brought to Colonial America by Hessian troops fighting for Britain in the Revolution War.
  • 1804, U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Dearborn (now Chicago) bring evergreen trees into their barracks at Christmas.
  • 1842, Charles Minnegrode introduces the custom of a decorated Christmas Tree in Williamsburg, Va.
  • 1851, Mark Carr opens a retail Christmas Tree lot in New York City, the first in the United States.
  • 1856, Franklin Pierce, our 14th President, brings the first Christmas Tree into the White House.
  • 1923, President Calvin Coolidge starts the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony now held every year on the Ellipse between the White House and the Washington Monument.
  • 1966, members of the National Christmas Tree Association start the tradition of presenting a Real Christmas Tree each year to the First Lady for display in the Blue Room of the White House.