A year after its scraggly “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree caused an uproar, a Pennsylvania city is putting up a more traditional tannenbaum this holiday season.
The official Christmas tree in Reading will be a pleasingly plump, 25-foot-tall white fir. The Reading Eagle reports that crews cut it down Monday.
Last year’s tree was a sad-looking Norway spruce that drew immediate comparisons to the sparse sapling in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Some demanded a replacement, but instead, Reading wrapped a blue blanket around its base and adorned it with a single red ball to match the puny pine in the beloved TV special.
This year, city officials say they wanted to put their best foot forward. A tree-lighting ceremony will be held later this month.
Republished with permission of the Associated Press.