Photos of the 65-foot Norway spruce set up in Cincinnati's Fountain Square on Saturday morning are going viral because it perfectly represents how 2020 is going for a lot of Americans.
The misshapen tree's large patches and missing limbs made it look like a gigantic version of the pathetic tree from "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
The tree was seen by many as a metaphor for a long year that's left us all frazzled, frayed, and more than a little off-balance.
Cincinnati's Christmas Tree getting lots of laughs. Carissa Piper took this picture: "I think Cincinnati got the tr… https://t.co/HhCqrc9oHx— meghan mongillo (@meghan mongillo) 1604973168.0
If 2020 were a Christmas tree presented by Fountain Square https://t.co/d3ROLOTyqQ— Sam Demmler (@Sam Demmler) 1605024947.0
Not sure what happened to the Christmas tree at Fountain Square but it's the most #Christmas2020 tree ever… https://t.co/swjTmBN8rp— Cara Owsley (@Cara Owsley) 1605017317.0
Cincinnati went full 2020 bringing in this tree downtown that needs "fluffed" 🤣🤣 https://t.co/y5XJ6xuKyC— Liddle Jessica Savage 🤷🏻♀️ (@Liddle Jessica Savage 🤷🏻♀️) 1605031564.0
The Cincinnati Christmas tree looked familiar - couldn't place it - then it came to me #EpicFail https://t.co/n6otyhoAFc— Rob Frank (@Rob Frank) 1605037435.0
The tree inspired a T-shirt that's sure to be a collector's item one day.
It's almost time for the 2020 Cincinnati Annual Tree Lighting and "Good Grief!" 🎄 Immortalize this year's tree with… https://t.co/EnmXJr3cRN— Cincy Shirts (@Cincy Shirts) 1605025277.0
Looks like it's been a hard week for the city.
Cincinnati, OH. November 9-13: Monday - Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Downtown Tuesday - Christmas tree memes, City… https://t.co/FjeWWkjkyf— Brian Henle (@Brian Henle) 1605110536.0
All the attention inspired the tree to speak up for itself.
For my friends in Cincinnati, our (holiday) tree now has its own Twitter account – @TreeFountain Thank goodness we… https://t.co/y2JnJWFRAB— Steve Holland (@Steve Holland) 1605110069.0
Like all of us, I’m just doing the best I can in these trying times.— FountainSquareTree (@FountainSquareTree) 1605027439.0
If anybody knows a good arborist I really could use some help, thanks.— FountainSquareTree (@FountainSquareTree) 1605029788.0
Getting judged by just your looks can be hurtful sometimes.— FountainSquareTree (@FountainSquareTree) 1605040385.0
.@RoeblingThe Hi. I’m new. u ok?— FountainSquareTree (@FountainSquareTree) 1605154640.0
However, after news of the tree spread 'round the globe, Fountain Square officials stepped in to share some much-needed good news.
"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 on Facebook. "Stay tuned for transformation photos as we get her fluffed up and beautified after her long drive into town."
Evidently, the tree's decrepit appearance was due to the fact the team that usually puts it into shape was smaller than usual due to the pandemic. The team of eight to ten people has been reduced to two this year.
"Basically, at some point in the process every year, the tree looks a lot like this," said Emily Stowe, 3CDC senior event marketing manager.
"The tree makes an overnight trip from northern Ohio down to the Square. The tree is tied up from top to bottom for transport, with each branch wrapped up for safety as well as to keep the tree from being damaged. After the tree arrives it's lifted with a crane and put in place," she said, according to FOX19.
"The branches will be shifted and moved into place to give us the end look everyone is used to," Stowe said.
After a few days, the team slowly untied all of the branches and it blossomed into a beautiful, full, and very green Christmas tree.
How it started: How it’s going: Cincinnati’s Christmas Tree Biggest Glow-Up Of 2020 https://t.co/yUPfHffafS— Perc Angle (@Perc Angle) 1605048976.0
If the tree was a metaphor for how 2020 was going for most people, its glorious transformation gives us all a glimmer of hope for 2021. After all, there's a COVID-19 vaccine on the way and the country's new leadership looks determined to help put America back on the right track.
Christmas is going to be a little different for everyone this year. But none of that matters as long as we remember the true meaning of the holiday.
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