The Norway spruce hails from the Village of Florida in Orange County, NY and it was selected among thousands of submissions from families in hopes their tree will bring joy to the millions who visit Rockefeller Plaza during the holiday season.
Every year, we wait with bated breath wondering what the Rockefeller Center has in store for us at Christmas. And this time, we have finally got our first look at the much-anticipated Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and it is going to be magical in every sense of the word.
Even though we are yet to celebrate Halloween, the Christmas season is already upon us after this announcement. The Rockefeller Center has had this tradition for over 8 decades and they took to their Instagram page saying that this year’s tree comes from the Village of Florida in Orange County, N.Y.
"Here it is: The 2019 #RockefellerCenter Christmas Tree 🎄 The Norway spruce hails from the Village of Florida in Orange County, NY," reads the caption on the Rockefeller Center Instagram post.
"Each year, Rockefeller Center receives submissions from families in hopes their tree will bring joy to the millions who visit Rockefeller Plaza during the holiday season. We usually select a Norway spruce that is later on in its life cycle, and plant a young one in its place. Once the holidays have passed, the tree is donated to Habitat for Humanity, where it is recycled and used as lumber in their building projects. The tree will be raised on the plaza on Saturday 11/9—mark your calendars," it concludes.
The tree is the Center's normal Norway Spruce and was chosen from several submissions sent in by families across the country. Many of them submit their trees every year, hoping it could be seen by millions in New York City. As reported by CNN.
The tree is cut on November 7 following which the Center plants a young tree in its place. The raising of the tree happens two days later, on November 9. After the Christmas season ends, they donate it to the Habitat for Humanity for their home projects.
If you are wondering when the tradition started, don't worry we have all the details here. The first tree was placed in the heart of New York City in 1931, during the start of the Great Depression. However, it became an annual tradition starting in 1933.
This was the very first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, New York City, 1931. pic.twitter.com/P45rDoHB0B— History Lovers Club (@historylvrsclub) October 22, 2019
And then in 1951, the lighting ceremony was telecast for the first time on television, thus bringing the iconic tradition into every American home since then.
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