Fun Fact Friday: Upcycling the Rockefeller Christmas Tree
It's not Christmas in New York City without the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree. The 2014 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 3. It's free and open to the public or you can watch on TV. This is a tradition that's been going on for over 80 years!
But here's a fun fact for your Friday - Afterwards, the 20-foot-high tree is upcycled for an awesome cause: Habitat for Humanity. This will be the eight consecutive year that the tree is donated to Habitat for Humanity.
After Christmas, the trunks are milled, treated, and made into lumber to donate to Habitat for Humanity. So far, the lumber from Rockefeller Center Christmas trees has been used in building Habitat for Humanity homes in Pascagoula, Mississippi; New York City; Stamford, Connecticut; and Newburgh, New York.
The story of the upcycled Rockefeller Christmas Tree inspired the children’s book “The Carpenter’s Gift”, by David Rubel and illustrated by Jim LaMarche in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.
The Christmas tree will remain lit and open to the public until 8pm on January 7, 2015. After that, it will live on as part of a Habitat for Humanity house.
Photo credit: David Lat