That’s one big tree! Watch as the Christmas tree is erected in Rockefeller Center

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A 76-foot-tall Norway Spruce is erected in Rockefeller Plaza in preparation for the Dec. 4 lighting.

See photos of the tree and watch a time lapse video of the process

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A 90-year tradition: Obama lights National Christmas Tree

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President Barack Obama lit a new National Christmas Tree at a traditional ceremony Thursday outside the White House that officially kicks off the holiday season in the nation’s capital.

WATCH LIVE: President Obama and his family participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris with performances by Colbie Caillat, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, The Fray, Ledisi, Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips, James Taylor and more.

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Thousands sign online petition against high-tech Christmas tree

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Instead of a traditional pine tree, a high-tech light installation vaguely shaped like a Christmas tree stands in the the city center of Brussels.  And the 82-foot sculpture is causing quite a stir, with thousands of signatures appearing on an online petition against it.

Rockefeller Center Christmas tree survived Sandy

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The Christmas tree that will dominate New York’s Rockefeller Center survived the winds of Superstorm Sandy that left a path of destruction in a New Jersey town and even its donor without electricity for weeks.

Joe Balku, 76, learned that the 80-foot Norway spruce had been chosen for the honor four weeks ago. Sandy hit two weeks later.

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is in place. #rockcenterxmas (Taken with instagram)

It’s here! Check out a video of the arrival on the Today Show here.