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Winter 2014 Holiday Season

From Christmas Trees to Potato Latkes for Hanukkah, agriculture is all around us during the variety of holidays celebrated this winter.
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Robin McLean

on 18 December 2014

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Transcript of Winter 2014 Holiday Season

Christmas Trees
Poinsettias
Holly
Romans, when celebrating the solstice, sent holly twigs to their friends as a sign of their favor.


Mistletoe
Phoradendron flavescens (what we use at Christmas) is native to North America
Foods
Agricultural Products/ Byproducts
and more . . .
Ecke Poinsettia Ranch
Grows over 70% of all Poinsettias purchased in the United States
Does about 50% of the world-wide sales of Poinsettias.
Mistletoe Harvest
Holiday Season
and Agriculture

Sources:
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/trees/facts.cfm
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/poinsettia/facts.cfm
http://www.farmcreditnetwork.com/newsroom/blog/article/farm-to-plate-hanukkah-the-festival-of-lights
http://poisonousnature.biodiversityexhibition.com/en/card/christmascommon-holly
Think
Brainstorm a list of all the items you can think of that are from agriculture and relate to winter holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc.
Holly in the wild can reach ages of up to 300 years, and grows very slowly, so that centuries-old trees may have trunk diameters of only 50 cm.
Holly did not get its name from "holy"
Origin probably Proto-Indo-European base which means "prickly" or "to prick."
Ancient times, people took advantage of the sharp ends of holly's leaves. The Druids hung it on windows and doorways to fend off evil witches and spirits [source: The Royal Forestry Association].
partially parasitic plant
What about the legend of mistletoe and kissing?

http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/history/mistletoe.htm
And so much more . . .
Thanks Auburn University for the graphic.
Agriculture is EVERYWHERE!
Christmas Tree Production
A presentation by Dr. Robin McLean

2014
Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School
Check out the time lapse of the tree in Rockefeller Center going up in 2012
White House Christmas Tree Arrives
"The official White House Christmas tree, which stands 18 feet tall in the Blue Room, honors the courageous service of the troops, veterans, and military families, who all serve our Nation every single day. This year the theme of the White House Christmas tree is “America the Brave.” The official White House Christmas tree comes to the White House from Crystal Springs Tree Farm in Leighton, Pennsylvania, and is trimmed with ornaments decorated by military children living on U.S. military bases all over the world. Many of the ornaments hanging on the tree are cards with thank you messages written by children to the troops."
Taken directly from "Inside the White House Holidays 2014
http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/inside-white-house/holidays-2014
This tree at Cascade High School (OR) has ornaments with facts from last year's Prezi.
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