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Macy’s Christmas Tree Set Up In Downtown Crossing

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(Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

(Photo credit: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

BOSTON (CBS) – Christmas is coming early to Downtown Crossing in Boston.

On Sunday, Macy’s hoisted its towering Christmas tree into place up on the store’s marquee ledge.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

Ed Jacobs of Interstate Rental Service explained how the 7,200-pound tree remains supported while up on the ledge through the holiday season.

“There’s a rod that’s 15 feet long that has a star on it that also supports the top of the tree. That gets bolted on, and at the same time, we’re slicing the bottom to fit perfectly into the steel base on the marquee,” said Jacobs.

Deb Jefferson of Groton donated the tree to Macy’s. She said her uncle planted the tree, along with several others, on their property some 50 years ago.

“They were just small. They were little sticks. I think they were bought for like 10 cents apiece up in Fryeburg, Maine,” said Jefferson.

The 60-foot spruce tree will be decorated with 10,000 lights. The tree lighting is set for Nov. 25.

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