It’s enough to make a willow weep and a sycamore, well, sick.
Ever since 1947 the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has marked the start of the festive season, bringing peace, joy and happiness to all mankind.
This year however, it’s all gone a little wrong.
The traditional spruce, a gift to the British people from Norway as a thank you for our support during the Second World War, has attracted rather less joy – and all too much derision.
This week the tree was erected in central London as normal, after an arduous journey from Oslo – only to attract utter scorn from passersby.
On social media critics barked their dismay, leaving them pining for a spruced up alternative.
Calum Mulligan, a parliamentary advisor, posted on Twitter that “the state of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square this year [is the] most anaemic tree possible”.
He added: “Not sure what we did to upset the Norwegians but they seem to have saved their best and bushiest trees for everyone else.”
Another complainant posted: “If it were anymore sparse I’d call it a twig,” while a third said: “You look a bit thin.”
Someone else simply thought it was dead writing: “RIP”.