Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas 2011 Advent Calendar - Day 14

I'm not sure why I find this so interesting, but I do, and so therefore I shall share it with you.  Your interest may vary. 

This is the first Christmas tree ever erected at Rockefeller Center, in 1931.
According to Wikipedia: "Although the official Christmas tree tradition at Rockefeller Center began in 1933 (the year the 30 Rockefeller Plaza opened), the unofficial tradition began during the Depression-era construction of Rockefeller Center, when workers decorated a smaller 20 feet (6.1 m) balsam fir tree with "strings of cranberries, garlands of paper, and even a few tin cans" on Christmas Eve (December 24, 1931), as recounted by Daniel Okrent in his history of Rockefeller Center. Some accounts have the tree decorated with the tin foil ends of blasting caps. There was no Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 1932."

Credit: David Giesbrecht/NBC
This year, 2011, the tree looks slightly different.  The 74-foot-tall tree is lit using 30,000 energy efficient LED lights in the 79th annual lighting ceremony, on Nov. 30, 2011, in New York.


  1. I really need to get to NYC at some point to see the Rockefeller tree! Especially considering it is only a few hours drive away.

  2. @~AngI would love to do that someday! Unfortunately, my drive would be significantly longer than a few hours! ;o)

  3. haha just a few more hours :P