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 U.S. Department of Agriculture

By Charles C. Littleton, Marketing Specialist
Fruit and Vegetable Division

pdfHow to buy a Christmas tree


 Pick Your Own Christmas Tree

Find a choose and cut tree farm or fresh pre-cut trees near you!

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Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?

The tree was traditionally decorated with "roses made of colored paper, apples, wafers, tinsel, [and] sweetmeats". In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification. Today, there is a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garlands, baubles, tinsel, and candy canes. An angel or star might be placed at the top of the tree to represent the Angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem from the Nativity. Edible items such as gingerbread, chocolate and other sweets are also popular and are tied to or hung from the tree's branches with ribbons.

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5 ways to cat-proof your Christmas tree

Keep your kitty — and your holiday decorations — safe with these tips for cat-proofing your tree.

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Holiday Recycling

Household waste generally increases during the holidays. Get on the “nice list” by learning how you can reduce, reuse, and recycle the right way during the holidays. You are free to download and share our list of learning activities.


What Happens When an Animal Species Goes Extinct?

All Known Species in One Place

Encyclopedia of Life's information on all the planet's 1.9 million known species is compiled from existing databases and from contributions by experts and non-experts throughout the world. It aims to build one "infinitely expandable" page for each species, including video, sound, images, graphics, as well as text. Free to use and share.

Southern Historic Birth is Hope for White Rhinos

A historic and successful birth of a southern white rhino calf at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park—the conservation organization’s first rhino born following hormone-induced ovulation and artificial insemination. The mother, Victoria, gave birth to a healthy male calf Sunday, July 28, 2019.

Loss of Northern White Rhinos

Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya: Less than a century ago, hundreds of thousands of northern white rhinos roamed the landscape of Central Africa. The last male, known as Sudan, died in March 2018 at the age of 45. The two remaining white rhinos are females, Najin and Fatu.