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2021's Rockefeller Christmas Tree Has Been Selected, Which Reminds Us All Of Last Year's Disastrous Tree

For the first time in the tradition's nearly 90-year history, the tree that will be on display in New York City's iconic Rockefeller Center has been scouted out of Maryland. The 79-foot Norway spruce was selected from the town of Elkton, a 140-mile trek from Rockefeller Plaza.

Last year's Rockefeller Center tree stirred up some controversy when it arrived looking a little sparse. The fir's less-than-full appearance sparked plenty of social media memes, with some remarking it was a reflection of the year 2020, which was marked by the pandemic, social unrest, wildfires and more.

"Wow, you all must look great right after a two-day drive, huh?" the Rockefeller Center Instagram jokingly wrote in response. "Just wait until I get my lights on!"

Christ almighty, I almost forgot how brutal we all were about the Rockefeller tree last year. I wrote a blog about it last year before I was full time, my favorite excerpt:

"…..this tree? THIS TREE was supposed to be the hope and joy all of New York needed during COVID19? I know how trees work. I know once they’re tied up and cut free, they need to “breathe” and “settle” back into their shape. But…what the fuck is this trash? Is this tree going to settle into BALD SPOTS? Half of the fucking thing is missing!!! In the comments it’s discussed that it will “look a lot better with all of the lights on it”…Can you tell me ANY SCENARIO where something that looks like shit, actually looks better with the lights on? Maybe I’m being cynical, but that tree fucking sucks."

"Maybe I'm being cynical" LOL. To be fair, December 2020 was a living nightmare. We all know that. It was fun to make fun of the shitty tree from upstate New York when we were all spiraling down our pits of despair. Reading back...maybe we were a little hard on it? 

A few days after it arrived in New York, spectators noticed that it appeared to be getting some extra filler branches added to it. An onlooker at the scene told PEOPLE that a crew member working on adding the extensions to the tree said that it was "normal" to do so.

The tree looked full and festive by the time it was lit. "See? Girlfriend just needed better lighting and a few extensions," TODAY anchor Savannah Guthrie, 48, joked, sharing a photo of the previously scruffy-looking tree alongside a photo of it looking full and vibrant after the ceremony.

She told PEOPLE of the makeover, "I think our tree is beautiful. Hoda [Kotb] and I both know what it's like to have a bad hair day and have everyone see it."

Thinking about the tree needing extensions and lights to look her very best almost has me in tears. How were we so cruel? How could we have let 2020 turn us all into such monsters, so evil that we're BODY SHAMING TREES? Despicable behavior. Who among us doesn't need some kind of extension, whether it be hair, lashes, dick…and who doesn't appreciate good lighting? Do you look good in fluorescents when you're NAKED? Nobody does. Nobody. 

This year, the tree is a little bit taller, seemingly more full, and ready to slap Lacrosse sticks together and drown itself in Old Bay all winter long. (Get it? BC it's from Maryland LOL!) 

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I'm looking forward to it.