Londoners criticise sparse Trafalgar Square Christmas tree calling it ‘flea bitten’

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Every year since 1947, a 20 metre tall tree gets shipped from Oslo to London as a sign of gratitude for Britain’s support during World War II

Workers put the finishing touches to the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree ahead of the lighting ceremony later this week
Londoners do not appear to be impressed with the display

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree has been criticised by underwhelmed Londoners who have described it as looking “flea bitten” and asked if “the rest is stuck in customs”.

The Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square is one of London’s most iconic displays and has a long history attached to it.

Every year since 1947, a 20 metre tall tree gets shipped from Oslo to London as a sign of gratitude for Britain’s support during World War II.

It’s felled in Oslo in a ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, the British ambassador to Norway, and the Mayor of Oslo, then shipped to London by sea and decorated in Trafalgar Square in traditional Norwegian fashion.

It is currently being decorated and is set to be lit on December 2.

But this year, Londoners are underwhelmed with the tree, which appears to be a little scant on both branches and pine needles in its middle section.

One passerby shared a photo of the tree to Twitter and the reactions soon started pouring in, with many left unimpressed.

“Does it get dressed with extra branches or is that it?” asked one person, referring to the tree looking sparse.

“Interflora clearly forgot to include the little sachet of plant feed,” one user quipped.

The comment prompted Interflora’s official account to pipe up, commenting: “Our sachets are amazing, but not sure even they’d do the trick here…!”

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“Have we fallen out with Norway?!” another person said, while a fourth person asked jokingly “Did it get delivered by Hermes?”

“Dear me, that’s a bit flea bitten,” complained another user.

A Norwegian spruce has been donated by the people of Norway every year since 1947
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“Where’s the rest of it? It’s Gonna need a lot of tinsel to jazz that up!” another person wrote.

But others were quick to jump to the tree’s defence.

One Twitter user wrote: “I was there 2 weeks ago for the tree felling ceremony, a very proud moment for me but also Norway.

“We must always remember why this happens, also you’d probably need to drop out a little on one side if you weighed several tons and had a two week journey. It’s Christmas people.”

Another said “I think that’s just how that age of tree is. Should look fine if they garland the lights on it in a scalloping pattern, rather than the taut vertical lines they did last year which accentuated it’s slenderness. A very nice gift and a good tradition.”

The so-called “official” Trafalgar Tree account eventually chimed in, commenting: “Over 100 comments about ME”.

“Is it fair to say I am possibly the most famous tree in the world! #HatersGonnaHate #ChristmasSpirit ,” they commented.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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