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Gigantic Christmas Tree Hoisted In Rockefeller Plaza (PHOTOS)

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NEW YORK — (AP) A 74-foot Norway spruce is getting ready for its close-up in New York's Rockefeller Center.

The tree was hoisted into place on Friday on a midtown Manhattan plaza, next to a skating rink.At the time, the temperature was inching into the upper 50s.

The tree was donated by Peter and Stephanie Acton of Mahopac (MAY'-oh-pak), N.Y. It was cut down Thursday in the backyard of their Putnam County home.

Peter Acton, a New York City firefighter, was a 9/11 responder. The Rockefeller Center tree scout discovered the family's spruce this year, on Sept. 11.

The lighting ceremony is Nov. 30. ---- Images by Getty Images: