For the first time in the 86-year history of the now iconic Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony, the tree was donated by a lesbian couple, according to the New York Times.
Shirley Figueroa and her wife Lissette Gutierrez moved to a home in Wallkill, N.Y., about an hour and a half outside New York City, last year. Figueroa, a Bronx native, wanted to find a new home with trees. The couple hit the jackpot as the property included a 72-foot Norway spruce tree, which weighs an estimated 12 tons.
The couple nicknamed the tree Shelby because “I felt she has a female spirit,” Figueroa told the Associated Press.
Shelby was adorned with five miles of LED multicolored lights topped off with a 900-pound Swarovski crystal star.
“Just the fact that I have a tree that I can donate when I came from somewhere that had no trees — it’s so surreal,” Figueroa told the New York Times.
Figueroa and Gutierrez are not only the first same-sex couple to donate a tree to Rockefeller Center but the first Latinx couple.
The tree will be on display through Jan. 7.