The 2020 Rockerfeller tree (Image: Getty Images)

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At Christmas we love nothing more than a tree, decorated in twinkling lights, sparkling ornaments and topped with a star.

And one of the best out there is always the tree that stands proudly at Rockerfeller Center in New York City.

The tree for 2020 has recently arrived and has been put up, awaiting decoration.

A photo of the the Norway Spruce, which has come from Oneonta, NY, was shared on the Rockerfeller Center social media accounts where it was met with heavy criticism from those who saw it.

People were unimpressed by the look of it, branding it a "terrible mistake" and saying it was typical of 2020.

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On Twitter, one person commented: "Could the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree look any worse? 2020 on brand…"

Another said: "What the heck is wrong with the tree???"

"Decorate it with some limbs please," requested a third.

Someone else wrote: "I expected nothing in 2020 to be good, nice or pretty and this tree confirms my dire expectations."

A different user commented: "No. Absolutely Not. End of Discussion. You take that right back out tomorrow morning and return it from where ever you got it from and don't even think of coming home for supper tomorrow until you've returned with something respectable."

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Following hundreds of similar posts on Twitter, whoever was manning the Rockerfeller Center account clearly decided enough was enough.

They responded to the backlash with the most sassy tweet, writing: "Wow, you all must look great right after a two-day drive, huh?

"Just wait until I get my lights on! See you on December 2!"

More than 2,000 people liked their clap back, with many adding that they couldn't wait to see the finished tree.

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The look of the tree isn't the only thing that's captured people's attention.

A tiny surprise also arrived in the city with it – a little saw-whet owl had stowed away in the branches.

The owl traveled inside the tree for several days and after being discovered was taken to Ravensbeard Wildlife Center for treatment.

Staff at the center said he was hungry and hadn't had anything to drink for three days, so they've been taking care of him, giving him food and fluids.

In a post on Facebook, a worker from the center revealed they've named the owl Rockerfeller and wrote: "We’ve given him fluids and are feeding him all the mice he will eat. 

"It had been three days since he ate or drank anything. So far so good, his eyes are bright and seems relatively in good condition with all he’s been through. 

"Once he checks in with the vet and gets a clean bill of health, he’ll be released to continue on his wild and wonderful journey."