3. The trees are donated

Erik Pauze, Rockefeller Center’s head gardener, scouts and picks the tree each year. From there, “the tree is a donation” he told AM New York. However, the family is involved wholly in the process. “They get invited down [to Rockefeller Center] after we cut the tree down, and they come down when we put it up, and they get to hang around that day,” he said. You can even submit your own tree here! After the tree is taken down the lumber is milled and given to Habitat for Humanity.

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