This year’s Rockefeller Christmas Tree is peak 2020
One of the most enduring Christmas traditions in the U.S. is the lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree in New York City. Each year, trees are submitted for consideration from all over the country, while experts look for one tall enough and strong enough and powerful enough to stand as our national symbol of Yuletide joy. And this year, when the tree was chosen, it seemed like a respectable choice: a towering, 75-foot Norway Spruce from Oneonta, New York.
Say hello to the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! Hailing from Oneonta, NY, this Norway Spruce will arrive at Rockefeller Center this Saturday, November 14 to kick off the holiday season.
How tall do you think this year’s tree is? pic.twitter.com/UMmxiY3toV
— Rockefeller Center (@rockcenternyc) November 11, 2020
The tree’s entire journey has been documented, and we’ve all been excited to see that beaut standing tall in NYC, a beacon of the joy many of us are struggling to feel in this horrible, horrible year.
See you soon, NYC! pic.twitter.com/j5k6vYJGvS
— Rockefeller Center (@rockcenternyc) November 12, 2020
But the tree just arrived to the Rockefeller Center, where her branches were let down and she was revealed to an anxiously awaiting public and, in true 2020 fashion, things, uh, didn’t go quite as planned.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s give 2020 a round of applause. pic.twitter.com/kRt8qCNudo
— Liam Stack (@liamstack) November 17, 2020
It turns out the tree looks different in person than in her pictures. It also turns out that she’s kind of bald. In fact, she looks so much like the sad, droopy, bald tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas that “Charlie Brown” actually started trending on Twitter soon after the reveal.
If this isn’t peak 2020, I don’t know what is. Even the Rockefeller Christmas tree isn’t sacred enough to be safe from this year, which just keeps on dealing blow after blow.
Could the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree look any worse?
2020on brand… pic.twitter.com/6K2n4bX9u7
— Rex Chapman (@RexChapman) November 17, 2020
Charlie Brown: I have the saddest Christmas Tree.
Rockefeller Center: Hold my beer. https://t.co/OexnJvaf86
— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) November 17, 2020
In true 2020 form, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree looks like it tried to cut its own hair pic.twitter.com/HEV0OImQ7u
— Chris Ryan (@HiChrisRyan) November 15, 2020
But, fellow Christmas lovers, all hope is not lost! The Rockefeller Center tree may look a little rough around the edges right now, but aren’t we all after this year? Seeing a video of that sad tree sent me straight into an internet rabbit hole where I was determined to learn everything about the history and protocol of Rockefeller Center Christmas decorations, and that’s when I found out something important: The trip to NYC is usually pretty rough on the tree, and it needs some branches added to it before it gets decorated.
I was today years old when I found out the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center has branches added to it. The tree gets extensions. pic.twitter.com/EVHMv7qSPS
— Scrambled Megz (@Megs_Not_Here) November 16, 2020
By the time that baby gets lit up, it’ll be full and glorious. And in the meantime, we can all enjoy our tree that is cathartically emblematic of the year we’ve all had.
As the Rockefeller tree put it herself in a blog post addressed to her haters, “Look… I JUST GOT HERE. I traveled nearly 200 miles on the back of a flat bed truck. I bet you look fabulous the moment you get up from the middle seat on a long Spirit Airlines flight. No one is camera ready the moment they wake up.”
Just like the presidential election sort of saved 2020, decorators are going to save the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. 2020 isn’t over yet, and Christmas will not become another of its victims.
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