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Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...

8 million Christmas trees are sold in the UK during the Christmas season. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

While many businesses have been complaining about the negative effect the wet and miserable summer had on business it seems Christmas tree growers were rubbing their hands together as the downpours kept on coming.

In fact, the heavy rain over the last few months has meant that we should all have healthy looking Christmas trees this year.

The wet weather means needles are more likely to stay on the branches throughout the festive season because the trees have got so much moisture in them.

Here are more Christmas tree facts to help get you in the festive spirit:

  • 8 million Christmas trees are sold in the UK during the Christmas season.
  • An average Christmas tree takes on average 8 years to grow from a sapling.
  • There are more than 10 different varieties of Christmas trees sold in the UK.
  • For every tree harvested 3 more are planted in its place.
  • The first decorated Christmas tree was in Riga, Latvia in 1510.
  • In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as 2 pints of water a day.
  • The tallest Christmas trees can be found in Mexico City. The 110-metre-high tree is covered in 1.2 million lights.
  • Britain's largest artificial tree is at Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. It stands at 27.5m tall. It took 12 men 7 days to erect the structure.
  • According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 in Seattle, Washington.
  • The Christmas tree became popular in the UK in 1841 when Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, brought a Christmas tree over from Germany and put it in Windsor Castle.

Our reporter, Dean Thomas, has been to meet one Christmas tree grower in Swansea to see if the wet weather has already brought him some seasonal cheer.