Town’s pretzel pine comes up short

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Published: Sunday 23rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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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.

Published: Sunday 23rd November 2014 by The News Editor

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