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City's 'ugly' Christmas tree prompts public outcry

2 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Monday, November 24 2014 Nov 24, 2014 November 24, 2014 2:57 PM November 24, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

READING, PA - A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly.

Reading's spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit.

Now a group led by the city council president is raising money to buy and decorate a more impressive replacement. The current tree is topped with a lighted pretzel, a nod to the area's many bakeries.

The puny pine was a last-minute stand-in taken from a city park. The city had planned to get its tree from a farm, but the owner wouldn't let the crews drive on the wet ground when they went to pick it up.

Officials are hoping to have a do-over tree lighting ceremony next weekend.

Image: WFMZ-TV

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