Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Traditions - Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

I can't believe I didn't mention this four years ago when it happened, but did you know that in 2010, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree came from my hometown?

I was already on my way to work in the city when the news broke on November 11th that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree would be coming from Mahopac. I was sad to miss it, but my father was retired and our family friends who live right around the corner, Ken and Roseanne, worked locally and hadn't left yet, so they all grabbed some coffee and headed out to see the tree cutting ceremony together.

My dad in front of the tree as it's being lifted by crane.

If your hometown has never been selected to donate a Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree before, you might not know that it's quite the production. The team from Rockefeller Center spotted the 74-foot Norway spruce a month earlier, on September 11th, and the Action family, who donated it, had to keep it a secret until the cutting ceremony a month later. The cutting ceremony itself seems to have been a lot of fun, with attendees getting t-shirts and a memory to last a lifetime.

Roseanne was interviewed by a local news team, and when I googled to find out what date this happened, one of the first things that popped up was the video with her interview in it! She comes on at 3:23, but it's a cute little video the whole way through if you want to see more from that day:

All photos taken by my father. Video by Alesca Productions.


  1. Wow what a tree! (my husband is reading over my shoulder and says it's "tree-mendous" - the bad Christmas jokes are starting early around here!)

    1. My father, the one who took these pictures, would LOVE that joke. He's all about puns - I'll have to tell him when I talk to him this weekend!