The annual Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center just went up and it's peak 2020

Cue the 'Charlie Brown Christmas' soundtrack.
Published November 18, 2020 11:01 a.m. EST
Last Updated December 3, 2020 1:41 p.m. EST
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We’re gonna need some extra bulbs. The 88th annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center got underway this week with less than impressive results. The 75-foot tree arrived on November 14 and looked promising when wrapped up on a flatbed, but once it was unveiled on November 17, well… nice wrapping paper can really go a long way.The tree was erected on Tuesday as part of a yearly tradition that symbolizes hope. We hope that the tree simply needs a few days to let its branches relax, because things are not looking good. Twitter users are having fun with the very on-brand tree for 2020, which also looks like it’s had too many Zoom meetings and needs to see a professional stylist. This year’s tree is being compared to the sad little tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas. All that tree needed was a few ornaments, Linus’ blanket and a little bit of a love. The same cannot be said for the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Like everything in 2020, the tree started the year looking much better than how it ended the year. [video_embed id='2089028']RELATED: Early Christmas decorating could cause tree shortage[/video_embed]The 75 foot tall, 11-tonne Norway Spruce was cut down in Oneonta, New York and spent several days wrapped up as it made its journey to Manhattan. Each year, trees are submitted for consideration and this year the tree was selected from the front yard of Oneonta resident Al Dick. It’s important to note that the tree looked impressive before it was transported. Traveling in 2020 is hard for everyone and everything. You did well, Dick family. In a statement by Rob Speyer, the president and chief executive officer of Tishman Speyer, the company that owns Rockefeller Center, the importance of the almost 100-year-old tradition was reiterated. "The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree always represents the holiday season, but it has also stood tall as a symbol of hope, resilience, and New York’s enduring spirit, from the Great Depression to 9/11, Superstorm Sandy through today,” said Speyer. “2020 has been a difficult year, but New Yorkers have persevered, and we are determined to come back better and stronger. We are particularly proud to continue the joyous tradition this year.”This year there will not be any public access to the tree lighting ceremony and instead holiday fans can view the tree during NBC’s special broadcast of Christmas in Rockefeller Center. Tourists will still be able to see the decorated  tree in Rockefeller Center, which will be covered with 50,000 multicolor LED lights and 3 million Swarovski crystals.The tree will likely look much fuller and impressive once extensions and lights have been added and the limbs have had time to relax after days of being wrapped up for their journey. But let’s all agree that the tree should be enjoyed on TV and not in person, okay? [video_embed id='2077702']BEFORE YOU GO: Man spots massive dinosaur-like gator in Florida[/video_embed]