Did you know that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree continues life as affordable housing after it comes down?

Yup, the trees have been milled into lumber for use in Habitat for Humanity homes for the last decade.

According to the Associated Press, each tree is cut up into a truckload of about 100 boards that are then stamped with a tree mark and the year it was used at Rockefeller Center.

The boards made from the trees generally are too knotty to be used for major structural parts of homes, instead they are used for other parts of the home like bracing floor joists or framing for interior walls.

One of the new Habitat homeowners whose home will have some of the 2015 tree in his house told the Associated Press he feels a connection when he and his family watch the annual tree lighting ceremony:

"Pretty much everyone on TV is watching it. That makes it a part of history. That makes me proud to have a part of history in my house."

The Rockefeller Center Tree from 2016 was cut from a yard in Oneonta, and it's heartwarming to know that tree is keeping a family warm and sheltered as Christmas 2017 approaches.

Wood from past Rockefeller Center Christmas Trees has gone to Habitat For Humanity homes in Newburgh, NY, and all over the country from Pennsylvania to Mississippi.




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