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Rockefeller Center tree to become a house

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after its annual lighting ceremony in Manhattan. (Nov. 28, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Ever wonder what happens to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree after the holidays? It doesn't get kicked to the curb like mine does. It doesn't even get turned into mulch. No, the behemoth evergreen gets turned into a house.

Tishman Speyer, the company that owns and operates Rockefeller Center, once again will mill lumber from the 80th Rockefeller Center tree -- an 80-foot Norway spruce from Mount Olive, N.J., and donate a portion to Habitat for Humanity. The charitable organization will in turn use the lumber to help build homes in New York City for families in need of affordable housing.

This is the sixth year that lumber from the iconic tree has been donated to Habitat for Humanity. The tradition began when the 2007 tree was donated and used to build a Hurricane Katrina survivor’s home in Pascagoula, Miss. Since then, the lumber has been used to build homes in New York City, Stamford, Conn., Newburgh, N.Y; and Philadelphia.

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