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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Seen Supplemented with Extra Branches after Online Backlash

Joe Akins
Nov 21, 2020
01:30 P.M.
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December is only ten days away, and everyone is beginning to get in the Christmas spirit. However, the Rockefeller Center in New York appears to have suffered a snag in its preparations and is now scrambling to fix things.


Earlier this week, PEOPLE reported that onlookers had seen crews of workmen sprucing up the Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Center.

The workers were said to have been adding some more branches to it in preparation for the Christmas season. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is a pretty famous fixture in New York and has been a cultural icon in the state for years.

Photo of a huge christmas tree | Photo: Pexels


However, things did not get off on the right foot this year. Per reports, the tree arrived last week and was looking less lush than it used to.

Even worse was the fact that onlookers had found a malnourished baby owl in the tree. The owl was shivering, with some claiming that it had not eaten in three days.


Soon enough, the ridicule cycle began. Many noted that the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was looking pretty worse for wear, with most of its leaves falling out.

Picture accounts also showed that the tree had almost withered. The tree was gotten from a homeowner in Oneonta who donated it to the Rockefeller Center. As pictures showed, it looked more affluent in its former home.


There is a high likelihood that it suffered mishandling while traveling from Oneonta to New York City. With that in mind, the Rockefeller Center has been quick to make amends.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been a fixture in New York for over 85 years.

According to the PEOPLE report, a worker who was adding more materials to the tree noted that it was a “normal” thing to do so. Onlookers also noted that some branches were wrapped with thick rope.


It is worth noting that the Rockefeller Center also got in on some of the fun. After the tree went viral for looking worn out, the organization suggested on social media that it was due to the two-day drive from Oneonta.

The Rockefeller Center has been pretty silent about its plans for the tree. However, considering how the organization has always managed to blow audiences away with its tree presentation, this should be pretty special too.


The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has been a fixture in New York for over 85 years. The first sighting was in 1931, even before the organization’s building was erected.

According to official accounts, workers at the excavation site for the building had lined up under a Christmas tree to collect their paychecks. From then on, the Christmas tree became a yearly tradition.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition even survived World War II. Every year, the organization manages to add a new theme to make it more special.

The tree lighting ceremony for this year will be held on December 2. Celebrity guests are expected to join in lighting it and kicking off the holiday season.