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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 11/16/2010

Md. Christmas Trees with a Latvian spin

By Associated Press

The Maryland Christmas Tree Association is making a Latvian connection.

The Latvian capital of Riga is said by some to be where the Christmas tree tradition began 500 years ago.

So, starting Tuesday, the association is offering a free week in Latvia as a prize in a contest open to those who visit a Maryland "choose and cut" tree farm.

The group is using a $43,000 U.S. Agriculture Department grant for radio and online advertising that encourages people to buy Maryland-grown trees.

The association says it's also donating a Christmas tree to the Latvian embassy in Washington.

Researchers for the Web site, First Christmas Tree, say the Latvian capital is among several northern European cities laying claim to the first decorated Christmas tree.

By Associated Press  | November 16, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
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Very good idea how to promote Maryland's home grown Christmas trees (instead from Canada) and introduce people to Latvia.
I'm sure the Latvian Embassy is pleased with your Christmas tree donation.

Will pass it on in my newsgroup
Thank you

Posted by: ziga | November 16, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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