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The Story Of The Christmas Tree
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‘Tis the season of twinkling lights, joyful carols, and the heartwarming tradition of Christmas trees! Let’s take a merry sleigh ride down memory lane to unwrap the festive history of our beloved Christmas trees.
In the 16th-century, German Christians adorned their homes with decorated trees, a tradition carried by immigrants to North America in the 17th and 18th centuries and later spreading to China and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries.
In the heart of NYC stands one of the world’s grandest Christmas trees! Since ’82, a special team has been on a festive mission, delivering the iconic holiday tree to Rockefeller Plaza. It’s an incredibly impressive logistical project.
Months before the big reveal, a majestic tree is chosen, cut down, and gracefully lowered by crane onto a bedazzled truck. Every branch receives meticulous wrapping for protection before being transported on a flatbed truck. Upon reaching the city, a substantial crane skillfully hoists each branch into place.
By mid-November, this evergreen star graces Rockefeller Center, ready for its magical makeover.
Timing is everything! Decorators work their tinsel-tastic magic, turning the tree into a dazzling centerpiece that captures the spirit of the season.
But it’s not just about spectacle; it’s about tradition. The logistics aren’t just logistical—they’re about preserving a cherished tradition. These eco-warrior trees, sourced sustainably, may find a second life as lumber for building or organic matter for glam landscaping projects.