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This year's Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center stands a a giant symbol of survival and strength in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. The 10 ton tree was found in New Jersey at the home of Joe Balku. Balku says this tree withstood very powerful winds, but came out of Sandy ok.
The 76-year-old emigrated from Hungary in his twenties with no money and no idea what he was going to do. Joe's life is a shining example of the "American Dream" coming to life.
I just love that even in a time of crisis people can come together for such a great tradition like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and be reminded of how great it is to live where we live.
Alright I'm done with the sappy stuff. lol. Time for some tree stats.
- 80 feet tall, 50 feet wide
-weighs 10 tons
-will be lit with over 30,000 LED lights
-the star going on top is a giant Swarovsky crystal
The tree lighting ceremony will take place November 28th on NBC. Yay Christmas!