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A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine, or fir or an artificial tree of similar appearance, associated with the celebration of Christmas, originating in Northern Europe. The custom was developed in medieval Livonia (present-day Estonia and Latvia), and in early modern Germany where Protestant Germans brought decorated trees into their homes. It acquired popularity beyond the Lutheran areas of Germany and the Baltic countries during the second half of the 19th century, at first among the upper classes.
Christmas trimmings are enhancements (generally made of glass, metal, wood, or pottery) that are utilized to embellish a Christmas tree. The principal enhanced trees were embellished with apples, white sweet sticks and baked goods in the states of stars, hearts and blooms. Glass doodads were first made in Lauscha, Germany, and furthermore wreaths of glass globules and tin assumes that could be held tight trees. The fame of these beautifications developed into the generation of glass figures made by very talented craftsmans with earth molds
Each year, 33 to 36 million Christmas trees are produced in America, and 50 to 60 million are produced in Europe. In 1998, there were about 15,000 growers in America (a third of them “choose and cut” farms). In that same year, it was estimated that Americans spent $1.5 billion on Christmas trees. By 2016 that had climbed to $2.04 billion for natural trees and a further $1.86 billion for artificial trees. In Europe, 75 million trees worth €2.4 billion ($3.2 billion) are harvested annually.