Rockefeller Center Christmas tree cut down in Orange County

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was cut down in Orange County today.

There is quite a story behind the 77-foot, 14-ton Norway Spruce that has been growing in the village of Florida for the past 60 years.

In 1958, Carol Schultz, who lives on Cedar Street, bought the tree as a sapling to put on her coffee table at Christmas time. She eventually planted it in her front yard. Schultz says she always knew the tree was destined for greatness. “I kept telling it, you’re beautiful, you are going to make it.”

In  2010, Schultz submitted pictures of the tree to Rockefeller Center and finally this year, it was chosen.

 

So today, in front of the entire student body of Golden Hill Elementary School, crews chopped the tree down and loaded on to a truck bound for Manhattan.

After being wrapped with more than 50,000 multi-colored, energy efficient LED lights and crowned with a Swarovski star, the tree will be lit during the live broadcast “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will be on display until Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

This is the second year in a row that the Christmas tree will be from the Hudson Valley. Last year’s tree came from Wallkill in Ulster County.

After the Christmas season, the trees are typically milled into planks of lumber and used by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh to build homes.

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