The Carpenter's Gift: A Christmas Tale about the Rockefeller Center Tree
Join us for this very special story of family, friendship, and the spirit of giving. Henry and his out-of-work father are selling Christmas trees in Depression-era Manhattan. They give a leftover tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center. That tree becomes the first Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Henry wishes on the tree for a nice, warm house to replace his family's drafty, one-room shack. Through the kindness of new friends and old neighbors, Henry's wish is granted, and he plants a pinecone to commemorate the event. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating to Rockefeller Center the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as a beautiful Christmas tree, its wood will be used to build a home for a family in need.
"The heartwarming tale told in The Carpenter’s Gift brings together—through beautiful illustrations and a moving, multi-generational story—two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity." —Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States and dedicated Habitat volunteer.