Hold up. This tree is WAY to perfect to be real.
My guess is that the directorate found a time when no one was looking, snuck in there, dug up the old tree, and replaced it with this "tree."
That's the only explanation
That, or aliens have indeed invaded, and are working from the northernmost point of the earth down, replacing crappy, half-assed christmas-- excuse me, 'holiday'-- trees with their own people.
Let It Be.