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This Pathetic Christmas Tree Is The Ultimate Symbol Of 2020 And Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, the holidays are fast approaching and with it: Christmas trees are going up in cities across the country.

Though, it looks like 2020 is also taking it’s toll on these annual traditions.

From New York to Cincinnati, these holiday icons aren’t exactly living up to their expectations, with many saying they’re sad, pathetic appearance is peak 2020.

Cincinnati’s Holiday Tree goes viral for looking like the sad symbol of 2020 we all expected.

It all started over the weekend in Cincinnati, when a picture of the Macy’s holiday tree setup in the city’s Fountain Square started going viral for all the wrong reasons.

The photo looks like an after photo of a wood chipping incident, according to one Twitter user. Many of the branches were still tied up and the tree looked to be missing giant patches of greenery and limbs.

Of course, photos of the sad, sad tree quickly went viral with many relating to it’s 2020 feels.

Many compared it to the tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The Cincinnati tree was quickly compared to the tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas, for its truly pathetic appearance. Even Stephen Colbert got in on the Christmas tree roast. “OK. Yeah. That’s me. That’s got the feels,” Colbert said when we showed a photo of the sad tree. 

He said it looks like the tree went on its last march into Isengard, a “Lord of the Rings” joke about the Ents marching into battle in The Two Towers.

Colbert went on to poke fun at officials who said the tree looked that way because the branches were still tied up with twine.

“Can I start using that excuse?” Colbert asked. “I know it may look like I haven’t exercised since March, but it’s just the twine. If you untwine me I’m harder than a Hemsworth.”

However, city officials promise the tree will look great once it’s “fluffed up” and decorated.

Acknowledging it’s less than ideal appearance, Fountain Square officials also poked fun at the tree.

“2020 has been a rough year for all of us, including our tree. Our team is hard at work making this 65’ Norway Spruce beautiful for the holiday season,” they wrote. “Stay tuned for transformation photos as we get her fluffed up and beautified after her long drive into town.”

And it seems that they’re following through with their promise. Since the weekend, it does seem like the tree is being upgraded: most of its branches have been untied and “fluffed out,” leading to a more polished look.

Even the actual tree spoke up about the controversy.

The tree even put out its own statement through a Twitter account, @TreeFountain. A pinned Tweet on its profile page insists that the tree is “just doing the best (it) can in these trying times,” and under Owsley’s photo, the page insisted that the tree had just been missing some personal care sessions.

But it wasn’t the only sad tree – New York’s Rockefeller tree also didn’t look great.

Credit: Craig Ruttle / Getty Images

This year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree, which comes from Central New York, is reminding many people of Charlie Brown.

The 75-foot Norway spruce, donated by Al Dick of Daddy Al’s General Store in Upstate New York, arrived in New York City on Saturday for the annual holiday tradition. Many social media users complained it didn’t look very full after being lifted into its spot by a crane, and compared it to the sad-looking tree from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

A tree-lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. on NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no public access to this year’s event, but the lighting will be broadcast on television to continue the tradition.

One Twitter user summed up the whole debacle perfectly.

Although many on Twitter were pointing out just how similar the trees look to how we all feel in this cray cray year, one user set it perfectly.

“The Rockefeller tree. The Cincinnati tree. You know what? ALL 2020 Christmas trees should be Charlie Brown trees. Every dang one. I wouldn’t have it any other way. On New Year’s Eve, we can light them all on fire and pretend none of this ever happened,” another tweeted.

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