Patents for the Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is the center of the decorations for Christmas. While the tree brings joy and beauty to the Christmas season, there are many problems associated with this Christmas tradition. Inventors are constantly coming up with new solutions to decorating the tree, watering the tree, and new kinds of Christmas trees.
So it seems that the process of remembering to and then actually watering the Christmas tree is something that many people, not just me, struggle with each holiday season. Many inventions have been patented which attempt to solve this problem.
Remote Christmas tree watering apparatusDonald P. Voorhis received US Patent 5201140 on April 13, 1993 for a Remote Christmas Tree Watering Apparatus.

“Because of the undesirable characteristics of watering the Christmas tree, many times this task would be avoided, sometimes causing the water in the Christmas tree stand to be completely drained and thus, creating a fire hazard from a dry Christmas tree, as well as an unpleasant looking tree.”

Christmas tree watering apparatusWilliam Arthur Greenberg and Judson Daniel Evans received US Patent 6347479 on February 19, 2002 for a Christmas Tree Watering Apparatus.

“An advantage of this invention is that a person can water the Christmas tree without having to crawl under the tree to pour water into the Christmas tree stand.”

Automatic christmas tree stand water level control systemPeter R. Hollis received US Patent 5522179 on June 4, 1996 for an Automatic Christmas Tree Stand Water Level Control System.

“Maintaining a supply of water within the watering basin can be difficult because access to the watering basin is usually blocked by the lower limbs of the Christmas tree as well as the Christmas decorations and presents surrounding the tree. It would be a benefit, therefore, to have a watering system for maintaining the water level in the basin to insure the base of the tree remains submerged in water. “

Keeping ornaments on the Christmas tree can certainly be a vexing task. Animals, kids, everyone is always conspiring to take down those glass balls. For those who want to decorate with flowers that is certainly a task involving much hair pulling.

CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENT SECURING MEANSTo help secure ornaments in a better fashion, Paul E. Lengyel received US Patent 3530545 on September 29, 1970 for a Christmas Tree Ornament Securing Means.

For many years the conventional method of hanging ornaments on Christmas trees has been to engage a loop extending for the ornament by further loop at the end of a wire hook which is then hooked over a limb of the Christmas tree. Despite their simplicity, these hooks have certain drawbacks. A primary disadvantage lie in the fact that often the hook does not engage the actual branch of the Christmas but instead hangs on needles extending from the branch and may be easily disengaged by a slight movement of the tree.

Apparatus for attaching a flower to Christmas treeFrom those wanting to keep the fresh flowers on their Christmas tree, Ekkehart Gasper patented an Apparatus For Attaching A Flower To Christmas Tree. He received US Patent 5848493 on December 15, 1998.

However, the problem arises that flowers placed along the branches of Christmas trees do not stay fresh very long. The flowers die and must be replaced frequently. This replace is tedious, time consuming and expensive. The industry lacks a device that attaches a flower to a Christmas tree which also keeps the flower fresh over extended periods of time. It is, therefore, an object of the invention to provide an apparatus and method for increasing the longevity of flowers attached to a Christmas tree.

Or you can just skip all the hassles of a Christmas tree and just get one that you can eat.

Edible Christmas treeOn January 20, 1987, Gunter Schmidt received US Patent D287781 for an Edible Christmas Tree.