In Rockefeller Center by Martha Rogers
After reading a novella and watching a movie about searching for a tree for the Center, I decided to do some research on it. It's not as old as I thought it was, but this year the tradition celebrates its 90th year.
Back in 1931, during the depression, construction workers at the center pooled their money to put a twenty foot tree on the site as a gathering place to reflect on what was happening in the country at that time. Decorations were garlands of cranberries, popcorn, and tin cans made by members of the workers' families. No lights were used on that first tree.
Many cities across the nation still have tree lighting events. We have one at City Hall here in Houston and also a lighting event in the Galleria area. What about your city? Does your town or city still have a tree lighting event?
Below is my 2021 Christmas Release
Many stories abound concerning the old Farnsworth Manor Estate with a witch or a ghost being the occupant sometimes seen as a shadow in the window. Nathan Farnsworth returns to Mandeville to dispel those stories, take care of his elderly grandmother, serve on the medical staff of the Mandeville Infirmary, and possibly revive his relationship with Penelope Carlson, the girl he loved in his youth. Penelope, a reporter for the town newspaper, has always been interested in the Farnsworth house because of Nathan and her love for him so many years ago. Now that he’s back, she hopes to learn more and possibly meet Nathan’s reclusive grandmother. A week before Christmas, a news story dug up by another reporter paints a dark picture of Olivia Farnsworth and leaves many questions unanswered. Because his grandmother gave Penelope the true story to reveal at Christmas instead of earlier, Nathan believes Penelope has betrayed his trust. Penny must make amends and make sure the true story is told. Will she be able to win back Nathan’s love and trust and help him to carry on the Farnsworth legacy?
Martha Rogers is a multi-published best-selling author of over sixty novels and novellas. She is a member of ACFW, CAN, and AWSA. Martha teaches a Sunday Bible class for senior women and is a retired English and Home Ec. Teacher. She lives in Houston with Rex, her husband of 61 years.