Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Ain't no needles coming off this here tree...
tonight is the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony! if you are not feeling the holiday spirit yet, tonight may be your night!
here are some Rockefeller tree facts:
Rockefeller Center's yearly Yule tree has grown from a modest fir that construction crews set up during the Great Depression into a holiday extravaganza drawing millions of visitors from across the globe.
20 feet: the height of the original Balsam fir that workmen set up in the complex's muddy construction site in 1931.
2010's Norway spruce towers 74 feet and weighs 12 tons.
This year's tree is approximately 75 years old.
700 lights were used during Rockefeller Center's first official tree-lighting ceremony in 1933.
Today, 30,000 multi-colored LED lights wrapped on 5 miles of wire make the iconic tree glow.
2.5 million spectators visit the tree each year.
The tree drinks up to 90 gallons of water a day at the outset, which lessens over time.
The Swarovski crystal star atop the tree is 9 ½ feet in diameter and weighs 550 pounds.
25,000 crystals and one million facets illuminated by 720 LED bulbs make the star shine bright.
The trees have ranged from 50-foot pines to 100-foot Norway spruces.
The tallest was a 100-foot spruce from Killingworth, Connecticut. in 1999.
In 1946 the tree is painted silver to look like snow.
The first tree from outside the U.S. came from Canada in 1966.
Christmas Day 1936: The famous Rockefeller Plaza Outdoor Ice Skating Pond opens, and the lighting ceremony includes a skating pageant for the first time.
3 trees were set up in 1942, one decorated red, one in white and one in blue, to support the troops serving in WWII.
1951: NBC Televises the tree lighting for the first time on "The Katie Smith Show".
2007: The tree goes green with energy-efficient LED lights that save 2,213 kilowatt hours per day – as much as a single family would use in a month to power a 2,000 square foot house.
Now, the tree consumes 1,297 kilowatt hours of electricity per day!
Let's hope this years show is a little more exciting than this....