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Happy Holidays!

Rockefeller Center, New York City, 1931.

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2001

The celebration of Christmas at Rockefeller Center started informally in 1931 when workmen involved in the construction of the Center placed a small tree on the Fifth Avenue site of the British Empire Building and La Maison Francaise (the two buildings which today separate The Channel Gardens). The tree was decorated with tinsel and gaily colored ornaments. In this photo, workmen, many of them Irish immigrants, are lined up to receive their pay on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 1931. ♦

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