Crowd, bundled against chill, views Rockefeller Center tree

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NEW YORK (AP) — It’s beginning to look — and feel — a bit like Christmas in Manhattan.

A couple of hundred adults and kids — many bundled in coats, hats, gloves and scarves — gathered in a 40-degree chill Saturday morning to watch workers putting up the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

The 94-foot Norway spruce was cut down Thursday in upstate Oneonta  and made a 140-mile truck trip.

It originally was in the backyard of Angie and Graig Eichler. They were among the onlookers as it was being raised with a crane.

Angie Eichler says their family has come almost every year to see the Rockefeller Center tree — but she never dreamed it would be theirs.

The tree’s 50,000 lights will be switched on during a Nov. 30 television broadcast.

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  • Sw

    Christmas means what to you ? Spending money, over indulgent in food and things, not being thankful for our needs being met is what I see around Christmas time. Oh and a great season for stores. Instead of spending your extra time with family YOU CHOOSE TO shop and wait in line to get presents to wrap them, deal with traffic, then someone doesn’t like what you got them so they have to go wait in line now and return it and deal with traffic. First we are wasting valuable time,second that is a lot of wrapping paper to cut down trees to wrap presents to throw the wrapping paper away.
    Christmas is ” Jesus birthday” so they say, well it’s not his birthday. Why are you celebrating Jesus birthday on a day that is not his birthday ? How about we start celebrating your birthday on a random day of someone else’s choice ? Ok so history on Christmas – it comes from saturnalia which was a pagan holiday. The practices they had were drunken and anything from what they have made Christmas to look like today. They have dressed Christmas up and masked the truth about Christmas. Find the true meaning in life, it’s not things, it’s not filling up your time with pointless people who don’t care about you. It’s about finding love, having support and uplifting. Life is so much better once you hop on the path to not putting things above people and caring about yourself enough to have the right people in your life to uplift, support and work together.