As children went hungry, as the nation's homeless crowded into shelters, as the Thailand protests turned violent, the monarch butterflies died, and all the screenings of Wolf of Wall Street were sold out in advance... a 26-year-old in Manhattan went without a tree on Christmas day.

Bee Shaffer posted this photo on Instagram, declaring: "My mom threw out our tree before Christmas Day because 'it was too messy'." And all that was left were hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of presents.

And since her mom is Vogue editrix and stickler for details Anna Wintour, Shaffer's Christmas Day Nightmare may become next Christmas's Hot New Trend. Look at that, cool young creative Mindy Kaling already commented: "That is so much more memorable than having a tree! I'm doing that next year."