Town's pretzel pine comes up short
A 50ft pretzel-topped Christmas tree will be uprooted in favour of a spruced-up offering after people in a Pennsylvania town complained it was too puny - and ugly to boot.
Reading's spindly spruce outraged residents who said it was ruining their festive 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 stage a "do-over" tree lighting ceremony next weekend.