Arguably the biggest holiday of the year, Christmas is a Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ which with the passing of time, has evolved into a worldwide religious, cultural and secular experience which brings families and loved ones together at the end of every year just to celebrate and be thankful for the gift of life.
Even weeks before this joyous day, Christmas can be seen, smelled, and heard in numerous towns all around the world with almost every surface covered in Christmas themes which toll an imaginary countdown to the twenty fifth day of December. There’s Christmas themed food, drinks, Christmas themed clothing, decorations, Christmas themed parties and costumes, television broadcasts and advertisement, Christmas themed stores and end of year promotions, creating an all-around, hard to ignore aura that you can all but touch. It simply permeates everywhere.
One special Christmas theme which stands out and draws people from far and near to its beauty and magnificence is the Rockefeller Center in New York where each year since the year 1933 a huge tree, usually a Norway Spruce 69 to 100 feet tall and illuminated in over 45,000 LED lights has been erected in honour of the Christmas celebrations. The tree is lit in a ceremony in the presence of thousands of people while millions watch the live broadcast from home and there’s jolly live entertainment afterwards. This year the tree was lit 30th of November, and will remain lit and on display at the plaza until 9pm on the 7th of January, 2017. Representing a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike, long ago the tree used to be a place to gather and reflect on the happenings in the world. Christmas isn’t Christmas without a tree and this Rockefeller Plaza traditional Christmas theme makes it extra special, attracting more than half a million people each day and making it the epicentre of the holiday celebrations in the big apple.
Continuing in the Christmas spirit of giving, even after its last day at the plaza, the tree continues to give. Every year over 9 years now, after being brought down from its display, the tree has been donated to Habitat for Humanity and been milled and made into lumber for the building of homes. Inspired by the children’s book written by David Rubel, “The Carpenter’s Gift”, the Rockefeller Christmas tree continues to be a symbol of hope. For a Ho Ho Ho…holiday filled with Christmas themes, this is one that truly stands out.