Cross The Pond For Friendship
Everyone knows that Rockefeller Center’s Christmas tree has a trademark on the holiday season, but this week we’re ferreting out spruces and firs that might be even better.
London officially kicked off their holiday season recently as they illuminated their Trafalgar Square Christmas tree for the 61st time. It’s a tradition that started following World War II, and each year they decorate a tree sent over from Norway--a gift from the country to thank England for their assistance in the war.
This year’s tree is more than 100 feet tall and is said to be about 90 years old. It was welcomed by carolers signing classic tunes as well a few snazzy ditties by a Norwegian gospel choir. However, if you’re looking for thousands of lights, this is not going to be your favorite tree: It's decorated with only 500 bulbs running vertically from the tree’s top. Like it or not, that's the traditional Norwegian way to do things.
The tree will be lit every afternoon and will remain that way until midnight. From now until the big day, plan for seasonal performances in the square each evening to further the holiday spirit. After January 5 the tree will be taken down and will be mulched--circle of life, right?