The 2013 Rockefeller Tree has arrived!!! There is something about this wonderful day that makes one realize the holidays are approaching…and quickly!
The 76-foot Norway Spruce will take a month of decorating before all 45,000 LED lights will shine, shine, shine. This is the second year Shelton, Connecticut, has provided New York City with their Rockefeller Tree.
Here’s how it all started: During the Depression-era, after construction workers cleared the area to build Rockefeller Center — they brought in their own 20-foot tree decorated of cranberries, tin cans and paper garland. This was not just a “Christmas Tree” it symbolized beauty and hope for the years to come in a time of disparity for most. And so the tradition began (skipped in 1932 due to construction) it was erected once again in 1933 and every year since.
After being televised in 1951, people around the world now enjoy this tradition and how symbolic it is for unity and true holiday spirit.
In 2004, German artist Michael Hammers, designed the Swarovski Star Tree Topper. With a diameter of 9.5 feet and weighing in at 500 lbs, it is quite the site to see all the way from the base about 80 feet below.
Tree Lighting on December 4, 2013 and will remain through January 7, 2014