The holiday season is magical for so many reasons, but one of the main things we all love about this time of the year is the traditions. Cutting down a Christmas tree, baking cookies, and eating Christmas dinner are just some of the traditions that we have all grown to love. 

The traditions that we have grown so fond of would not be possible without our farmers and ranchers. Here are some of the things that they supply throughout the year so that we can all enjoy the traditions we have grown to love:

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, the United States sells approximately 25-30 million real Christmas trees each year. 

Poultry farmers play a huge role in our Christmas dinners. According to the National Turkey Federation, 88% of Americans said they eat turkey for their Christmas dinner, which means 22 million turkeys will be consumed. Poultry farmers also produce the eggs that will go into the cookies being made for Santa to enjoy. 

Pork producers will sell an estimated 318 million pounds of ham for Christmas. 

Dairy farmers provide the milk that children leave out for Sants. It is estimated that 500 million glasses of milk will be set out for Santa to enjoy. It is also estimated that 336,150,386  cookies will be consumed by Santa on Christmas Eve. 

Vegetable growers get to supply snacks to all the reindeer. It is expected that 6,126,000 pounds of carrots will be left out for Rudolph and his friends. 

While you are making your favorite Christmas dish or putting presents under the tree remember that Christmas starts on the farm and would not be possible without the hard work and dedication from our farmers and ranchers. 

Sources:
https://www.statista.com/statistics/209249/purchase-figures-for-real-and-fake-christmas-trees-in-the-us/
https://ask.metafilter.com/316170/What-is-the-most-common-type-of-Christmas-dinner-in-America
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/reindeer-carrots-christmas-eve-santa-claus-rudolph-animal-expert-phil-endsor-a8689286.html