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How Big Is Your Tree And How Do You Decorate It?

Over the years I have really enjoyed going to Rockefeller Center in New York City and seeing the beautiful Christmas tree. The tree lighting ceremony is pretty spectacular year after year. A few facts about the tree in Rockefeller Center:

  • The tree is typically a Norway Spruce.
  • The minimum requirement is that the tree be 65 feet tall and 35 feet wide
  • There is no compensation offered in exchange for the tree, other than the pride of having donated the tree that appears in Rockefeller Center.
  • Over five miles of lights are used to decorate the tree every year.
  • Only the lights and the star decorate the tree.
  • The tree is recycled and the 3 tons of mulch are donated to the Boy Scouts.
  • The largest portion of the trunk is donated to the U.S. Equestrian Team in New Jersey to use as an obstacle jump.

Living in Boston, I would also go and see the tree at the Prudential Center in Downtown Boston. Since that tree pales in comparison to Rockefeller Center, I won’t even mention anything about it.

In the past few years we have had a nice tree. The kids seem to really like it and enjoy decorating and of course watching yours truly balance himself on a ladder to place the decorations on the top of the 12-14 foot tree.

  • What does your tree look like?
  • Do you have a tree decorating party?
  • Do you have a collection of ornaments that you showcase?
  • Do you have a place that you go to cut down your tree?

I look forward to having you share your comments and hearing about your traditions.

Happy holidays!

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