It was a bittersweet moment for the owner, Carol Schultz, who gave away her gigantic 77-foot Norway Spruce to Rockefeller Center.
"Timber!" yelled the woodmen who brought down and carried this gigantic Christmas Tree that is now heading to Rockefeller Center for this year's Christmas celebrations. Little did Carol Schultz of Florida, New York, know that her 77-foot Norway Spruce would be the chosen one in 2019. It was in 2010 that she went to the Rockefeller Center's website and made the tree's bid for stardom. When the tree-cutting crew arrived at her home in the village early Thursday morning, they were cheered on by the local residents and Carol herself as they cut the tree by sawing into the base and holding it upright by a cane. The small crowd of local schoolchildren and Carol's happy neighbors gasped in awe as they lowered the gigantic tree onto the bed of a truck to be taken to 30 Rock.
Dang. Born the same year. I’m only 6 feet tall.— Sal LaBarbera (@Sal_LaBarbera) November 8, 2019
I need to eat what that tree was eating @JoshMankiewicz
The true spirit of Christmas is evidenced by this spectacular tree that will now make its home at Rockefeller Center. The tree will be a magnificent sight to behold once it is decorated and will ring in the Christmas spirit in all its glory.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 🏗️🎄 The 2019 Rockefeller Christmas Tree is on its way to the plaza, NYC. Great job by Bay Crane and Torsilier INC— Crane Network, LLC (@CraneNetwork) November 7, 2019
.#crane #christmas #rockefellerchristmastree #cranespotting #cranesareawesome #NYCbound pic.twitter.com/AavE9cH3xi
For Schultz, it's a bittersweet moment. From growing the tree to ultimately giving it away to one of New York's iconic places, the journey has been a long one. While she misses her beloved tree, she couldn't contain her excitement. She told CNN affiliate Spectrum News Hudson Valley that "I'm so excited and sad at the same time." Carol, being cool as ever, sported her Christmas-tree-shaped-sunglasses as she exclaimed how "It's like part of me -- the tree is part of me."
This is just the beginning of the tree, however. It has only started its journey which will culminate in it being surrounded by the grandest of lights and decorations as the ceremony fast approaches. The 77-foot Norway Spruce will debut in Rockefeller Center on Saturday, with staff needing at least a month to get this beauty set up for Christamas.
Once just 4 feet tall, 2019 Rock Center tree is ready to shine. WATCH LIVE as crews take it down and prep it for journey to NYC https://t.co/1FEUjzqWPG— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) November 7, 2019
On December 4, the tree in all its festive glory will be open to the public. Well-known musicians along with the Radio City Rockettes will have a traditional televised performance at the venue. At the end of its run in Rockefeller Center, the tree will be gifted to the Habitat for Humanity, which will use its lumber to build homes for the less fortunate.
Yesterday, our team was in Florida, NY for the cutting of the 2019 @rockcenternyc Christmas Tree, the quintessential symbol of the holiday season in New York City! Millions of people will visit the 77-foot-tall Norway Spruce after it arrives at Rockefeller Center tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/bEnUwLTI6A— Rubenstein (@Rubenstein) November 8, 2019