OpinionColumnistsMike Vogel By Mike Vogel @mikewrite7 A poem dedicated to the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree The 84th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2016. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images / ANGELA WEISS Updated November 28, 2017 2:50 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting is upon us, and the giant spruce will remain lit through Jan. 7. The event brings back memories that seem more appropriate for a poem than prose. So here you go: Tonight they’ll be lighting the Rock Center tree. And floods of sweet memories will pour back to me Of a young Brooklyn boy on his way to “the city.” (“Brooklyn’s also the city!” would only draw pity.) Those gigantic blond people blocking my view Did not look at all like the neighbors I knew. But tourists were part of the whole magic scene, As the colored lights shined on pine needles of green. The Christmas tree lighting drew loud gasps and cheers As I looked up in wonder and mom held me near. The skaters below were a dazzling sight As they whirled ’round the rink on this magical night. These beautiful people of such style and grace (Tho’ there always was one who’d fall smack on his face). While I watched from above as ice queens below twirled, I was so mesmerized by this magical world. There were no TV hosts then to guide us along No Roker, no Lauer, no one singing songs. There was no Pentatonix and no Gwen Stefani, Just my mom and my dad and my goofy friend Lonnie. But that’s all we needed, my family and me, And my friend and the rink and the lights and the tree. This magical memory won’t fade away, A tradition that carries on right ’til today. The smiles on the faces, the season’s first snow, New York at its best, and it still makes me glow. The sights and the sounds and the sweet chestnut smell As the lights filled the plaza — and our hearts as well. Playwright Mike Vogel blogs at newyorkgritty.net. By Mike Vogel @mikewrite7 Mike Vogel grew up in Brooklyn and is a lifetime New Yorker. In addition to amNY, his opinion pieces have run in Newsday, The NY Daily News, The NY Post and Metro NY. He is also a produced playwright. His latest play (March Madness) was produced off-Broadway at Abingdon Theatre in fall 2012. In addition, Mike is a songwriter/club performer, and enjoys sports, swimming, Scrabble and other things that begin with the letter "s." Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.