‘Tis the season

The 30,000 lights on the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree were lit today…

This year’s tree, a 9-ton, 71-foot-tall Norway spruce found on the property of a Suffern, N.Y. family, boasted a star topper for the first time in its 72-year history. The Swarovski-designed star is covered in 25,000 crystals and has a diameter of 9 1/2 feet.

The 40-foot wide tree was lifted into place on Nov. 11 and adorned with colored lights on five miles of wire. The tree is to remain illuminated until Jan. 6.

The first Rockefeller Center tree was put up in 1931 by workers helping to build the complex, and the first formal tree-lighting ceremony took place in 1933.

From the New York Times.

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