O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree

I always feel it is easier to get through tough times when you have something to look forward to. If you love Christmas and always look forward to seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center, the good news is that, according to the NY Post, the beloved annual event WILL go on this year.

The iconic tree is going up although it may not look like years past with celebrity performances and the oohs and ahs of hundreds of wide-eyed spectators filling the plaza when the 30,000 lights come on for the first time.

The tradition started in the 1930’s when workers gathered on the Rockefeller Plaza construction site to get their paychecks during the height of the Great Depression. It became a symbol of hope and renewal.

A number of the trees over the years have come from Fairfield County, so it is time to check your back yard to see if you have the perfect tree that will be a beacon of hope during the upcoming Christmas season.

The statues around Rockefeller Center are covered with masks and more than likely, you will be wearing one when you visit the City this winter, but I know you will be smiling underneath. O Christmas Tree.

-Danny Lyons

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