Each year, London is gifted a giant Christmas tree by Norway as a thank-you for Britain’s help during the Second World War. And every time, without fail, it lands in Trafalgar Square to a flurry of, quite frankly, MEAN comments about it.
Why? Well, people aren’t exactly making stuff up — the tree can look a little scruffy, but how would you look after being chopped down and driven all the way from a snowy forest in Norway to the drizzly and grey London with the only hope of snow being a little splash of slush around the pavements?
Anyway, this year’s tree has just arrived in Trafalgar Square, ready to light up the area for around a month as Christmas and New Year’s beckons. Sadly, it hasn’t avoided the comments online, as it was pictured arriving in the square this morning.
The first images didn’t shine it in the greatest of lights, but to be fair, the tree is looking a lot better now that the cranes have lifted it into place. Once it’s adorned with its usual blue lighting attire, we’re sure it’ll look magical in the middle of the square.
Nothing stopped the pile on, though, with one user on X (the artist website formerly known as Prince Twitter) commenting: “Where’s the other half of it?”
Another user asked: “Is it me, or does it look quite dead?”
Not so bad now is it, tree haters?
It has looked worse at this stage in previous years, and after a long ol’ journey we can only commend the effort of the tree and all others involved.
One user joked “This one has a little bit of green on, someone messed up”, referring to the tree arriving in a much worse state in years gone by.
And just like last year, the Tree’s dedicated account has come out swinging:
Look at the tree now, indeed! Catch it lit up in all its glory from this Thursday (December 7), ready to illuminate us into 2024.