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Rockefeller Center Tree Has Deep Family Roots

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A mother's Christmas wish comes true, 67 years later.

rockerfeller tree being taken and mary kremper

Sitting in her New Jersey living room back in 1931, Mary Kremper gazed at her Christmas tree and told her family that their modest little tree would one day make it to Rockefeller Center for Christmas. It took 67 years, but Mary's Christmas wish has finally come true.

Mary's 74-year-old son, Bob, watched yesterday as this mother's beloved tree was cut down and placed on a flatbed truck headed for Manhattan. "She would be the proudest lady in the whole world," Bob beamed.

Mary and her husband Joseph emigrated from Hungary and settled in their modest NJ ranch home after marrying in 1931. Together, they picked the Norway Spruce as their first Christmas tree and planted the tree in their front yard after the holidays that year. The entire family watched as the tree grew taller and taller, always remembering Mary's prediction.

Rockefeller Center scouts spotted Mary's beloved tree from a helicopter earlier this year. They knew it would perfect, just as Mary had before them. "We're feeling this is the greatest thing to happen to the Varanyuk family," Bob said. "It will be illuminated as a beacon for Rockefeller Center." The 72' tall tree weighs 8 tons and is 46' across.

You can watch Mary's dream come true during the annual Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony live TONIGHT on NBC at 8 PM ET. We can bet Mary will be watching as well.

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