Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has NCC Roots

Christmas Tree

After more than 13 years, and continuous employee growth, one could say NCC has developed a rather extensive family tree at this point.  Now, a spruce tree that once stood proudly for decades in the front yard of an extended NCC family member, is the centerpiece of a timeless New York City holiday tradition, as it was chosen to be the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.  The brother-in-law and sister-in-law of one of NCC’s video teleconference support engineers at FDIC offered the 78-foot-high tree to be erected at the world-famous Manhattan site.

On November 4th, the Norway spruce was felled in its home of Gardiner, NY, and then made the 80-mile journey to New York City.  On November 6th, it was placed in its new location of Rockefeller Center, nestled behind the Center’s famous ice rink.

Christmas tree before lighting
The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center before being decorated with over 45,000 lights.

On December 2nd, our engineer – along with his family – had the honor of being front and center at the 83rd Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  He and his family, plus thousands around the block and those viewing around the country, watched as approximately 45,000 lights and the 9.5’ tall Swarovski Star at the top of the tree shone brightly.

Each year, a tree is chosen among numerous candidates from the Northeast United States.  Rockefeller Center’s yearlong process of selecting the Christmas Tree concluded in October with the choice of the giant spruce from Upstate New York.

It may be going out on a limb, but we’d like to think there is a small part of NCC in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree this year.  We’re glad our engineer had the opportunity enjoy this significant event with his family earlier this month, and we wish our extended family of customers and partners a happy holiday season!