—Eddie Webster, Dallas
A: The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia, in 1510, according to the Chesterfield, Mo.-based National Christmas Tree Association. It was decorated with cookies, sweets, paper and fruit. A couple decades later, in 1531, the first Christmas tree lots began in German cities. The decorations changed to ribbon, books, food, lace and other items by the 1600s. In 1777, the association says the Christmas tree tradition was brought to America by Hessian troops. The first tree lot in the United States opened in New York City in 1851. The White House’s first Christmas tree was in 1856.