In this photo taken on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, residents look on duing the Christmass the tree lighting in Reading, Pa. 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. (AP Photo/Reading Eagle, Ben Hasty) (Ben Hasty)
Reading won’t have to worry about complains from the public over what some called its unsightly “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree for its city holiday display.
An artificial tree will be used this year, Mayor Wally Scott said this week. A fake 35-foot will be erected at Fifth and Penn streets, ABC6 reports.
Two years ago, Reading made the news when the spindly 50-foot spruce erected on the town square drew criticism, with the public saying it resembled the sparse Christmas tree in the Peanuts’ cartoons.
The tree will be lit Dec. 3. It will reportedly be decorated with 1,250 ornaments and nearly 2,000 lights. A $17,000 donation from First Energy is paying for most of the $20,000 cost of the fake tree, which city officials hope will last for 15-20 years.
Still, WFMZ reports the mayor said he hopes to find a “Charlie Brown” tree in the mountain overlooking Reading, and light it up as well.
City’s ‘ugly’ Christmas tree prompts public outcry