Wow this was pretty cool of learn about some of the process of the NY City tree lighting. Do you think the Donors should have got some money? I think I would've asked for money seeing it was rockefeller. All the crazy things Ive heard about BIg Pharma etc. The history of the health industry. Yea I may have asked for some money. Im sure they had to get some tho. Let's talk about the tree extensions. Thats crazy that its almost like the same process of putting weave in your hair. Overall Im sure a lot of money was spent. I just wish things like this would not take precedence over more serious events that needs funds. Read along the transcript and watch how they create the magic scene in NY City.
[Music] the iconic rockefeller tree didn't come from a christmas tree farm it came from someone's backyard here in oneonta new york this year's tree is an 80 year old norway spruce found in al dick's yard 375 feet tall 45 feet wide and about 11 tons i found this tree back in 2016. the head gardener for rockville center happened to be riding down the road and he saw the tree eric stopped by al's general store to see if al and his family would donate their tree to rockefeller center she asked me if we could do it we said sure but they had to wait a few years it wasn't tall enough when they weren't tall enough i've been looking at it for a couple years i watered it i fed it over a couple years and then this summer when i came by it just looked great and it looked perfect and it was the year to take it when the spruce was unveiled as the 2020 tree the rockefeller team got to work protecting and preparing it we had a 24 hour day guards eric especially he's been here every day there's been like family we're gonna miss them being outside every day but getting this massive spruce to the center of manhattan is no easy task first it had to come out of the ground we came up and we started tying it it took us all the way to saturday afternoon eric hired a crew of local workers to tie up the branches that's to make sure they're secure through the cutting and the drive and then the crane came and we built the crane and put the counterweights on it so that it could hold the tree the crane is already attached to the tree when the workers begin cutting eric and his team have private property and bystanders to think about it takes only a few minutes to saw through the massive trunk leaving the giant tree hanging in the air now we moved it over to the truck the tree is laid on its side on that 115 foot long trailer and strapped into place the tree is going to take a nice little trip down in new york city often the most complicated part is getting it right from the property where it is onto the highway what is normally a three and a half hour drive takes up to three days with a 75-foot tree you don't want to get the rockefeller center christmas tree stuck in traffic and then of course the city of new york is always tremendously helpful with us in terms of closing the streets and making sure that we're able to have a smooth arrival into the city normally the tree arrives to big crowds but this year because of covet 19 it pulled up to an empty rockefeller center we like to think that tree arrival day is the start of the holiday season officially in new york and certainly this has been a year unlike any other so it felt all the more important to us to continue those traditions carefully it's lifted off the truck then tilted right side up and slid into the sturdy tree stand in the middle of rockefeller center as if putting up the tree in rockefeller plaza is not enough crews working on the rockefeller center christmas tree got a little surprised they found a tiny owl this year workers found a little owl hidden inside the tree and the bird went viral as people guested hitch to ride all the way from upstate new york he was brought safely to a shelter and named appropriately rockefeller rocky for short also blowing up the internet the fact that the tree looked a little bare on arrival but what might look like a scrawny tree now got a big face lift this is the extension to make it nice and full over the next couple of weeks the tree was surrounded in scaffolding as the trees branches settled and fluffed out it's been reported workers also attached branch extensions to make the tree appear fuller we stick a hole in the tree put the branch back in boom wired it in boom like a wing it's like a weight like a weed yes [Music] then they draped 50 000 led lights around it and topped it with a 900 pound swarovski crystal star and finally on december 2nd the rockefeller christmas tree is lit up this year through a virtual ceremony the tree is always real come you can smell it you can see it this year we probably won't let you touch it thanks to uh to cover but i i can assure you it is a very real tree we have the pine cones to prove it and when it's all over we take the lumber when it is done and we turn it off we donate to habitat for humanity and it turns into homes for the future it's gonna be a rough season for some at least the tree didn't get camping we'll go in the history books right yeah there you go.