The tradition of having a tree began during the Depression-era construction of Rockefeller Center, in 1931, when workers decorated a small balsam fir tree at Christmas. The annual tree, usually a Norway Spruce, is 75 to 90 feet tall, and has been decorated with was illuminated with 30,000 energy-efficient LED lights.
One invited family from Mississippi looked on with special interest at the tree lighting ceremony last night. They lost their home to Hurricane Katrina, but they now they have a new home built by Habitat for Humanity with lumber from last year's tree! Lumber from this year's tree will also be donated to Habitat for Humanity --a wonderful new tradition and a wonderful way to recycle a beautiful tree!
Sheila, of The Quintessential Magpie blog very kindly awarded me with the "I'm Loving Your Blog" award. Thanks so much Sheila!
Sheila's blog is a warm and cozy place full of the interesting collections that she owns and her beautiful decorating style in her home.In the spirit of Christmas I'm passing this on to everyone who leaves a comment on this post!
Trish, of Nana's Living The Dream blog tagged me with the very enduring "7 Random Things About Yourself" tag.
I think Trish is trying to help distract me from worrying about my little grandson being past his birth due date -- isn't that right Trish? Trish has a beautiful grand daughter named Avery, and they do the nicest things together. She knows how much I'm looking forward to becoming a grandmother too!
I've already done this tag a few times, so I'll put a new spin on it by this time by naming my seven favorite movies:
1.) Casablanca -- I had a crush on Humphrey Bogart when I was in high school and watched almost every movie he made, and this is my favorite. "Here's looking at you, kid"
2) Moonstruck -- Starring Cher and Nicolas Cage. A romantic comedy revolving around Italian Americans living in Brooklyn, NY --I saw so many familiar people and places in this movie, or at least it felt that way!
3) Cinema Paradiso -- An Italian film I saw with English subtitles. The charming story takes place in a small town in post WWII Italy, about an fatherless boy and a movie film projectionist who befriends him. I can never watch this without tearing up. It is a very sweet story.
4) Amelie --French with English subtitles. The actress, Audrey Tautou, who played Amelie was so expressive and delightful, and the movie was full of visual surprises.
5) The Ghost and Mrs. Muir -- made in 1947 starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney. I loved this romantic movie as a child, and still do! I've always wanted a house on a cliff overlooking the ocaen like Mrs. Muir.
6) The In-Laws -- The 1979 version starring Peter Falk and Alan Arkin. A family favorite! No matter how many times we watch this zany comedy we never fail to laugh!
7) Life Is Beautiful -- Italian with English subtitles. Stars Roberto Benigni. This film is an unforgettable lesson on how love, family, humor and imagination conquers all adversities.
Of course there are many more movies which I wouldn't mind watching over and over as favorites, but I believe these are my top 7!
I know what a busy time of the year this is so I don't want to tag anyone who is busy with holiday preparations, but I'd be interested to know what your top seven movies are, so please let me know if you blog about them!
Thanks everyone for all your support and kindness as I wait, and wait, and wait!