The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

rockefeller-center-christmas-treeThe Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is simply the most beautiful and well known decorated Christmas tree on Earth.  Every year, thousands of people, including celebrities, come from all over the world to see the lighting of the most famous tree in the world.

Have you ever wondered where the tree comes from?

Each year, people from around the country send in pictures putting their tree up for consideration.  The minimum requirements for a tree to be considered are 65 feet high and 35 feet wide.  But the one that is usually selected is about 75 to 90 feet tall with equally proportional width.  Now that leads us in to what kind of pine or spruce that can actually grow that tall and still look like a traditional Christmas tree.  The Rockefeller Center tree is typically a Norway spruce.  Nope, it’s not a native, but it more than gets the job done.   The one selected sometimes found in someone’s backyard!

How much is paid for the tree?

This may be surprising to you, but not a dime is given in return.  It is a donation, but the pride associated with having given the tree for display is simply an event that is never forgotten and cherished for generations.

What kind of Christmas decorations are on the most famous tree in the world?

You may not have realized this, but the only decorations found on it are lights and a star on top.  Each year about 5 miles of lights are placed on the tree.  That’s somewhere around 30,000 individual twinkling lights.

What happens to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after the Holiday season?

The tree is recycled usually resulting in few tons or so of spruce mulch that is donated to the boy scouts.  The enormous stump is donated to the US Equestrian team to be used as a jumping obstacle for the horses.

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