The President Who Banned Christmas Trees And The Boy Who Snuck One In

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  1. Joe Riley

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    Here's a great story about Christmas.

    President Theodore Roosevelt, an avowed environmentalist, banned Christmas trees from the White House during his presidency. The president was against real Christmas trees because he feared that Christmas trees would lead to deforestation. Mind you, at the time Christmas trees were very controversial with environmentalists. President William McKinley even reportedly received a letter in 1899 saying Christmas trees were "arboreal infanticide" and "un-American."

    Roosevelt's action was intended to inspire Americans to just say no to Christmas trees. Clearly his bully pulpit didn't have the effect he wanted, even on his own children.
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  2. Patsy Faye

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    Good story !
     
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  3. Shirley Martin

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    Very interesting. I wonder what Teddy would think if he could see all the Christmas tree farms; people making a living without deforestation.
     
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