The 2019 Rockefeller Christmas tree was reduce down

Early Thursday morning, a logging crew arrived at Carol Schultz’s Florida, New York home to see their victorious 77-foot spruce. The sacrificial tree is already on the base of Manhattan.

A small crowd of local schoolchildren and beaming neighbors cheered as workers sawed into the base of the tree held upright by a crane and gasped as it slanted onto the back of a truck where it will rest as it drives to 30 Skirt.

The next Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center is in Manhattan. It was cut on Thursday and will arrive at 30 Rock on Saturday.

Diane Bondareff / AP for Tishman Speyer

Like every proud mother, Schultz recorded the process of the shining moment of her beloved tree. She will still miss the giant in her garden.

“I’m so excited and sad at the same time,” she told CNN subsidiary Spectrum News Hudson Valley, rocking a pair of Christmas tree-shaped sunglasses. “It’s like part of me – the tree is part of me.” This is just one of several steps to getting the spruce tree to the tree lighting ceremony. The unadorned tree will debut at Rockefeller Center on Saturday, but it will take staff almost a month to get it ready for vacation. Carol Schultz, wearing matching sunglasses, gives her beloved 77-foot spruce one more squeeze before being cut off.

Carol Schultz, wearing matching sunglasses, gives her beloved 77-foot spruce one more squeeze before being cut off.

Diane Bondareff / AP for Tishman Speyer

Finally, on December 4th, the festive tree lights up for the first time, flanked by famous musicians and the Radio City Rockettes in the tradition of television.

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