Artificial Christmas tree

Fake Christmas tree

The story of the artificial Christmas tree

The artificial Christmas tree first appeared in Germany during the 19th century. These trees were made from wood and goose feathers (dyed green of course). Even then, this was an attempt by the Germans to stop deforestation in Germany. These became very popular in the early part of the 20th century.

In the 1930s along came the English who decided the feather tree was simply not English, and so a company called Addis Houseware created the first artificial Christmas tree made from brush bristles. The company used the same machinery they used to make toilet brushes. Why would you want a goose feather tree when you can have a toilet brush tree? Still, these trees became very popular with England exporting many.

The Americans had a stab at creating a Christmas tree that’s never lived as well. They made theirs from aluminium. Chicago was the home of these and they started production in 1958. By the mid-70s these had gone out of fashion, unlike the good old English toilet brush tree. No accounting for taste.

The most recent onslaught has been the lazy artificial Christmas tree. These little monsters have the lighting built in and hinged branches which makes that most exhausting of jobs easier. Not sure what happens when a bulb goes?

It was during the 1990s that these tree imposters began to look quite realistic, although there have been modernist attempts at things like the upside down Christmas tree. Some things should be left alone really. Today, nearly all of these trees are made in Pearl River Delta in China.

Given the tree has to travel from China, it takes energy to make it, it won’t decompose and you’ll be bored of it after a few years, we recommend you go and buy a sustainable farmed real tree, but we hope you enjoyed this trip through fake tree news.