Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building Calls it a Year and Puts Christmas Tree up in August

How many times this year have you thought, Stuff it. Let’s just put up the Christmas tree and be done with 2020?

Well, it appears the iconic Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in Sydney feels precisely the same way, literally putting up their massive Christmas tree on 19 August, 17 weeks before Christmas. 

And, yep, we totes get it. #MoveOver2020

Time to call it a year

Fires. Droughts. Riots. Explosions. Deaths. A global pandemic that has halted life as we know it. Toilet paper limits. Face masks. Homeschooling. Social distancing. Stage 4 restrictions. Lockdown. Isolation. Yep, 2020, you indeed have been a giant arse.

Eight months down. Four months to go. And, well, we’re truly over it. And what better way to say “Piss off 2020,” than by erecting a massive QVB Christmas tree? 

Jiggle those bells early 

Sydney’s QVB put up their iconic tree last week, sharing in a statement that their 2020 tree will “ignite joy and resilience for a time like no other.”

Although it looks like your typical festive tree, it has been decorated in icons of 2020. Like, face masks, toilet paper and hand sanitiser.

No, I am just kidding.

But it is decorated in “everyday objects to bring to life how the ordinary has become extraordinary this year.” 

The tree, made in collaboration with celebrated artist, Gerwyn Davies, acts as a big middle finger to 2020 and shows how you can “make something magical from our collective mess.”

The QVB Christmas tree hopes to inspire Sydneysiders to keep on keeping on and look past 2020. After all, if there’s a tree up, the end is in sight. And surely 2021 HAS to be better than this! 

What about Santa visits?

We predict plenty of shopping centres will start bringing out the Christmas festivities early this year. But what about other Christmas events? 

The Daily Telegraph already reported this year we will see younger Santas less at risk for COVID than the older generation. Plus, social distancing will be in place meaning fewer people in lines (or longer lines spread out) and no sitting on Santa’s knee. In fact, no contact with the big man at all. 

Well played, 2020. Well played.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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