The Christmas season is officially upon us! Last night the Rockefeller Christmas tree was lit up for the 85th time since its inception. However, there may be some facts you didn’t know about the iconic evergreen.

1. The tree’s origin

The first televised tree lighting happened in 1951 on an airing of “The Kate Smith Show.” But, this was not the first time a tree stood in Rockefeller Center. In 1931 a group of construction workers put up the first 20-foot balsam fir in the center, which was still being built.

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