Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mayor's Christmas Tree time-lapse video

Here's a look at the assembly and decoration of the 2012 Mayor's Christmas Tree at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. The 100-foot-tall Douglas fir is donated by Cascade Timber Consulting Inc. of Oregon. In order for the tree to meet oversized load limits for interstate highways, the branches are pulled toward the trunk (some are cut off and reattached upon the end of its 2,000 mile journey to Kansas City). Upon arrival, workers spend about two weeks assembling the tree and decorating its with about 7,200 white lights and more than 1,200 ornaments. This is a look at that process!

After the holidays, the tree is shipped to a local lumber company to be recycled. The wood is milled into lumber and used to create Hallmark-designed Mayor's Christmas Tree ornaments. Proceeds from ornament sales benefit the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund, which assists thousands of Kansas City residents each year. http://crowncenter.com/ornament

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