As sure as night follows day the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has arrived and it is being mocked for being scrawny.
In what is now a well-worn tradition, the tree, gifted from Norway, has attracted attention for all the wrong reasons.
“Have we gone to war with Norway?” one social media user joked.
Here is the Trafalgar Square tree in daylight. pic.twitter.com/QBgnElcWLh
— dan barker (@danbarker) December 1, 2021
A third person quipped: “Interflora clearly forgot to include the little sachet of plant feed.”
Others said it looked like “only half of it had arrived” while many agreed it “looked a bit sad” this year.
Some defended the appearance of the tree, saying it is a “very nice gift and a good tradition”.
Every year the UK is gifted a tree from a forest east of Oslo, to thank Britain for its support during the Second World War.
The tradition has taken place every year since 1947 and marks London’s countdown to Christmas.
A ceremony is held in Norway every November when the tree is felled, with the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway and the Mayor of Oslo all taking part in the celebrations.
It is then brought to the UK by sea before completing its journey by lorry.
A specialist rigging team put up the tree in the square using a hydraulic crane while energy efficient light bulbs are used to light the tree.
This year, carol singers will return to Trafalgar Square after such festive gatherings were cancelled last year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
For the first time ever, Trafalgar Square will also host a ticketed New Year’s Celebration in lieu of traditional fireworks on the Thames.