History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

History of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

John D. Rockefeller, Jr. grew up with Christmas firmly a part of his family’s culture. An 1885 school essay speaks of Christmas being celebrated with family and sleigh rides. But Christmas was never on his mind years later as he envisioned the “city within a city” that would become Rockefeller Center. In 1928, about a year before the famed market crash of October 1929, Rockefeller leased land in the heart of New York City intending to build a showcase development that would have the Metropolitan Opera as its centerpiece. But with the market crash the Opera backed out and RockefellerRead more

Brazil Floats Christmas Tree with 3 Million Lights

Brazil Floats Christmas Tree with 3 Million Lights

In Brazil they put up quite the Christmas tree every year — a floating behemoth with 3 million lights showcased by fireworks to crowds of thousands in Rio de Janeiro. How big is this tree? The star alone is more than 35 feet high and weighs 2.5 tons. In total, the tree weighs 542 tons, towers more than 278 feet high and is supported by 18 floats on Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. This year’s theme “A Christmas of Lights”, takes visitors through the history of light, starting with the glow of the stars and culminating with Christmas lights. The tree,Read more

How to Fit the Tree in the Car

How to Fit the Tree in the Car

By Oberon This is a hoot and a real treat for Christmas, made all the better because it is entirely true. It takes a bit of getting through, but stick with it. It’s worth it, I promise. A few Christmases back I was delegated to buy the family Christmas Tree, and, as is my habit, I kept putting it off until it was almost too late. Every day I would pass a little grocery shop on my way to work where the owner had piled a load of Christmas trees on the pavement for sale. One morning a couple ofRead more