Hunting for the Perfect Christmas Tree
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It’s officially December, which means Christmas trees will start popping up in living rooms around the world. The tradition of bringing a Christmas tree into the home can be traced back to 15h-century Germany, and the custom spread throughout the globe in the second half of the 1800s. Today, around 35 million Christmas trees are grown in America each year and 50 to 60 million are produced in Europe.
Historically, Christmas trees were almost exclusively harvested from wild forests. Now almost all trees are grown on commercial tree farms where they are cut after about 10 years of growth. Many Instagrammers around the world visited both farms and forests to find the perfect tree and shared their search on Instagram.
Experience Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Instagram
During Thanksgiving, people across the United States get together with family and loved ones to reflect on the past year and give thanks for the bonds they share. For those in New York City—and the millions who tune into the live broadcast—Thanksgiving also means joining hundreds of thousands of other New Yorkers to witness the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Today’s procession, which marks the 87th Macy’s parade, kicks off from 77th Street and Central Park West at 9am ET and makes its way south to Herald Square on 34th Street. The annual celebration is known the world over for its giant—and photogenic—balloon floats, many of which top three stories in height.