The first artificial Christmas trees were developed in Germany during the 19th century,[1][2] though earlier examples exist.[3] These “trees” were made using goose feathers that were dyed green.[1] The German feather trees were one response by Germans to continued deforestation in Germany.[2][4] Developed in the 1880s, the feather trees became increasingly popular during the early part of the 20th century.[4] The German feather trees eventually made their way to the United States where they became rather popular as well.[5][6] In fact, the use of natural Christmas trees in the United States was pre-dated by a type of artificial tree.[3] These first trees were wooden, tree-shaped pyramids lit by candles, they were developed in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, by the German Moravian Church in 1747.[7]