Local Couple Donates Tree to Rockefeller Center

by Madison Beckman

via YIMG.com

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is an essential part of the Holiday season, especially for New Yorkers. Whether you go into the city to battle tourists for a glimpse of the evergreen, or you just watch the tree lighting on TV, it just does not seem like Christmas without it.

Every year, the people in charge of finding this unofficial herald for the holiday season scour the tri-state area for a tree that is large enough to meet the demands of the infamous tree.

This year, they chose a 78-feet Norwegian Spruce from Gardiner, N.Y., which is only about a 20-minute drive away from Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC).

The tree belonged to Al Asendorf. According to the NY Daily News, when Asendorf moved into his home in 1958 as a four year-old, the tree was only six feet tall. As Asendorf grew up, so did the tree.

Asendorf told NY Daily Newsthat “it’s surreal seeing it here,” and he is proud of the tree that used to sit in his front lawn.

According to the Rockefeller Center website, the tree will be officially lit on December 2nd, and the ceremony will be aired on NBC from 7-9pm. It is currently up for visitors to see, and it will come down January 6th.

Here on campus, we will be lighting our Christmas tree outside of Guzman, on December 1st at 7pm.