Most people look forward to the arrival of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. But I'm not particularly saddened by its departure, which means dodging fewer tourists on the ice for the last three months of the season. By the way, the rink closes on Sunday, April 13.
The tree came down earlier today, and true to the growing eco-awareness sweeping the country, the 84-foot tall Norway Spruce met an appropriately green ending. A bulk of the wood from the trunk was turned into lumber that will ultimately be used in Habitat for Humanity houses. The whole Christmas tree cycle this year was marked by similar gestures, such as using more energy efficient LEDs for lighting and solar panels for electricity generation.