Remember The ‘Ugly’ 2020 Rockefeller Christmas Tree From Oneonta?
It was a year ago this weekend when a 75-foot tall, 45-foot diameter, 11-ton Norway Spruce tree was cut down from in front of a home in Oneonta, loaded onto a large flatbed trailer, and hauled to New York City to be the 2020 Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.
It was exciting that the tree came from the Southern Tier of New York for the second time. The first time was in 2016, and that Oneonta tree was the second tallest tree to stand at Rockefeller Center. The largest was a 100 foot Norway Spruce from Killingworth, Connecticut, according to Wikipedia.
Of course, the excitement quickly ended last year when the tree from Oneonta arrived in New York City and was untethered to reveal a tree that looked like Charlie Brown had picked it out. A lot of jokes started coming out of social media unfortunately as expected, but as the tree settled into its surroundings and the decoration was completed, it looked just fine.
According to Wikipedia, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree tradition began in 1933 with the trees coming from the states of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and in 1966, from Ottawa, Canada. The trees were either Norway Spruce, Balsam Fir, or White Spruce.
Well, this year, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree won't be coming from any of the usual states. This weekend, it's traveling to the Big Apple from Elkton, Maryland. The Rockefeller Center website mentions the arrival of the tree on Saturday (11/13) and the lighting ceremony will be on December 1st.
The 2021 Christmas Tree is 85 years old, stands at 79 feet tall, 46 feet wide, weighs 12 tons, and will adorn over 50,000 multi-colored LED lights according to the Rockefeller Center website.
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