Here Is the First Ever Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree


Later today, millions of TV viewers and thousands of tourists will flock to see the official lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a storied and festive holiday tradition celebrating its 80th year. In 1933, the year Rockefeller Center opened to the public, a 40-foot tree was adorned with 700 lights. But today, in typical American fashion, the tradition’s been supersized: 45,000 energy-efficient LEDs bathe a 76-foot-tall Norway spruce in brilliant holiday cheer.

Like so many inspirational icons before it, the Rock Center Christmas celebration comes from humble roots. On Christmas Eve 1931, it wasn’t as easy as it is today for Americans to forget about life for awhile. Only two years after the stock market crash of ’29, the country was still embroiled in the throes of the Great Depression. John D. Rockefeller Jr., the son of the famed oil tycoon with whom he shares his name, was ambitiously…

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About Melissa Sorelle Little

Aspiring Multimedia Journalist, interested in travelling, trying new food, and discovering new places. Always up for a challenge.
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