Sunday 15 December 2019

Town's pretzel pine comes up short

Unimpressed residents look on as the spindly 50ft Christmas tree is lit up in Reading, Pennsylvania (AP)
Unimpressed residents look on as the spindly 50ft Christmas tree is lit up in Reading, Pennsylvania (AP)

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.

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