BY CHRISTINE VALDEZ
With the holiday season just around the corner, New Jersey will be taking over one of the most famous holiday spots in the world.
The 2012 Rockefeller Center Christmas tree happens to be a Jersey native. The 82-foot-tall Norway spruce was cut from the property of Joseph Balku, 76, of Flanders, N.J., according to the NY Daily News.
This year’s tree happens to be a Hurricane Sandy survivor as the tree managed to survive the storm’s heavy winds and it had been chosen as this year’s tree just days before the storm. For Balku, the tree is a sign of strength following the time of crisis after the storm.
“That the tree survived, we feel very lucky, It’s a very strong tree,” said Balku to the NY Daily News.
The tree happens to be around 10 tons and 50 feet in circumference and was cut down Tuesday to be delivered to Rockefeller Center on Wednesday, according to The Star-Ledger. It also happens to be the second New Jersey tree in four years, the last one being in 2008 was a 72-foot-tall Norway spruce from Tree King nursery in Hamilton.
About 45,000 lights will decorate the tree and will stand eight feet taller than last year’s tree according to the Daily News.
The tree is set to be lit during the annual tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. This year the ceremony will be held on Nov. 28.