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Christmas History and Traditions

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People flock to New York City during Christmastime for a variety of reasons, including to see the main attraction--the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. But, when and how did that tradition begin?

From the tree at Rockefeller Center to the elaborate department store holiday window displays, Christmastime in New York City is a big deal. And it’s been a big deal here for a long time. 

We’re looking back at Christmas’ past in New York City and exploring the origins of some of the city’s long standing holiday traditions.