Perhaps you’ve noticed, but 2020 has been a year. It’s been such a year that the only good thing that’s happened to humanity — Joe Biden winning the presidential election — is tainted by the fact that outgoing commander-in-chief Donald J. Trump refuses to concede, wasting everyone’s time with frivolous lawsuits over non-existent voter fraud. As a sign that everything has gone wrong, even the one of America’s most iconic Christmas tree kind of looks like butt this year.
On Tuesday, Rockefeller Center began installing their annual Norway spruce, which, for most years since 1931, has stood around 78 feet tall, looming over the famous Prometheus statue (and itself being dwarfed by the towering 30 Rock building). It’s a destination tradition for tourists and locals alike. Only problem: As the tree was being unloaded, it looked sad. To be exact, it looked 2020 sad — the kind of rank disappointment many of us have gotten depressingly used to during one of the most inventively awful and tragic years on record.
What in the name of Charlie Brown is this sad damn spectacle? https://t.co/of9HrYe1F1
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) November 17, 2020
With its sparse and weak-looking branches, the Rock tree reminded a lot of people over social media about the same seasonal cultural artifact: the sad tree Charlie Brown nabs in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Of course, in the classic special, the tree’s crappiness reminds everyone to be grateful for what they got, and to remember to look out for those in need of some TLC. In real life, in the year 2020, a lamentable spruce only underscores that we’re trapped in hell — until, possibly, January 20.
In any case, a lot of people agreed that we’re all Charlie Brown now.
Charlie Brown: I have the saddest Christmas Tree.
Rockefeller Center: Hold my beer. https://t.co/OexnJvaf86
— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) November 17, 2020
Lmao the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree looking VERY 2020 😂 it’s giving Charlie Brown pic.twitter.com/ipXetmb8wE
— ill nono (@_sugatits) November 17, 2020
Hmmm, I guess they’re going for the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree look this year at Rockefeller Center? 🤣 Very fitting for 2020. Sad. pic.twitter.com/sM5j88iB8z
— Donna – BIDEN is My President 🇺🇸 (@donnalove0) November 17, 2020
2020 Rockefeller Center christmas Tree be looking like Charlie Brown! LMFAOpic.twitter.com/wOIMdUFc1u
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) November 17, 2020
Should have just gone full 2020 with the Charlie Brown tree. pic.twitter.com/pup2OvAiw1
— Sandy Boyd (@SandyBoyd4) November 17, 2020
This is the perfect 2020 Christmas tree. Charlie Brown would be proud. https://t.co/UwFmJ2Nl9N
— Steve Myers (@iRacingMyers) November 17, 2020
When does the Godzillian Charlie Brown come to decorate this decrepit shit twig? https://t.co/eXgz8DmdZI
— Ian Fortey Votes for Ham (@IanFortey) November 17, 2020
Although maybe it’ll look better once it has some lights! And a billion decorations to obscure its paltry branches! Then again, 2020 is not exactly a year for optimism. Good grief, indeed.