Holiday 2020 has finally arrived and it's easy to say things are off to a rocky start for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City.

But what many don't know is that even though the tree had a rough debut, that's actually what almost every famous Rockefeller tree has looked like on its first day in the big city.

The 75-foot tall Norway Spruce from Oneonta, New York required some special precautions so it could be transported from its home to the Big Apple safely, making it not look too hot as it was stood up for the world to see.

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75-80 Years Old 

Age of the 2020 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 

The 2019 tree, which was also a Norway Spruce from New York, had a similar look on its debut but without the crowd reaction.

Transporting the tree requires some fairly hefty precautions that don't exactly make the tree look up to par on day one.

When a tree is selected, it is then guarded as if it were the queen's castle before crews arrive to begin the week-long process of prepping the tree for movement.

When crews arrive, they start off by wrapping the tree and securing nearly every single branch, which can be seen causing the tree to look a little scrawny in the now-viral photo of the 2020 tree.

The tree is then anchored by a giant crane as it is cut down by a chainsaw before being placed on a 115-foot trailer for transport.

When it arrives, the tree is placed in its resting spot, where the real fun begins.

After it is fully unwrapped and the branches are restored to their full glory, the tree is re-wrapped in over 50,000 Christmas lights and topped with a magical 900-pound three-dimensional star.

Here is how the 2019 tree ended up:

The tree is set to light up on December 2 without any in-person viewing of the spectacle due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the event will still be streamed live for the whole world to see.

 
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