Did you ever wonder what happens to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree after the holidays are over? As per tradition, this year’s magnificent Norway spruce will be cut down into lumber and donated to Habitat for Humanity. For nearly a decade, the city’s famed Christmas tree has been repurposed into housing material for the charity. Lumber collected from this year’s 78-foot-tall specimen will go to the organization’s Greater Newburgh site.

Rockafeller Xmas Tree 2015

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International hails the long tradition of using the Christmas tree for good long after its initial purpose has been fulfilled. “The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a gift that keeps giving. It brings joy to people during the holiday season, which continues as it becomes part of a Habitat home.”

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Although the lumber from this year’s tree will be sent to the nearby Newburgh area, previous trees have been milled into wood and used to build homes for the people in various cities around the country.

+ Habitat for Humanity

Via NBC New York

Lead image via Rockefeller Center