President Calvin Coolidge was the first to light the National Christmas Tree in 1923. The tree was a 48 foot tall balsam fir from Coolidge's home state of Vermont. In 1938, President Richard Nixon received so many letters protesting the fact that every year a beautiful new tree was cut and brought to Washington that he had a Colorado spruce brought to the White House to become the permanent National Christmas Tree. Sadly, that tree withered and died within a few years and was replaced soon after.
The Christmas tree was popularized by Queen Victoria and the famous books The Night Before Christmas and A Christmas Carol.
It is believed that Martin Luther was the first person to put lighted candles on his Christmas tree.
Olive trees are evergreens that can live for thousands of years. The oldest olive tree resides in Crete at about four thousand years old.
Aloe vera is an evergreen perennial.
Rosemary is an evergreen and its Latin name, ros marinus, means dew of the sea.