This season, the world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will hail from Shelton, Connecticut. The 60-year-old Norway spruce stands approximately 84 feet tall, and currently resides in the backyard of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rivnyak. The tree was planted in 1947 by the home's first owner. The tree will be cut down this morning and will arrive at Rockefeller Center on Friday, November 9. The 75th annual tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for November 28, and televised live on NBC.
As a regular Rockefeller Center skater, I think the best time to appreciate and marvel at the tree is very early in the morning, before full daylight. Each season, I make it a point to view the tree at 6:30 a.m. before anyone who works in the area and/or tourists have made their way to the complex. If you do the same, you'll find that it's a different, almost meditative experience, from viewing it with hundreds of other people.
The tree will remain at Rockefeller Center until the first week of January 2008. Afterwards, parts of the tree will go to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.