The Real Tree Tradition
In 1842, Charles Minnigerode introduced the custom in Williamsburg, VA. His tree was described as “splendidly decorated” with strings of popcorn, gilded nuts, and lighted candles. The fourteenth President of the US, Franklin Pierce, was the first President to set up a Christmas tree in the White House.
The enduring tree symbol remains a firmly established part of our holiday customs, engaging not only our senses of sight, touch, and smell but also our sense of family, spirit, and tradition.
Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!