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Wednesday, December 25, 2019


London’s “gift” Christmas Tree is being called ugly on moose—or some such.  
AP photo.
As a gesture of Christmas spirit since 1947, Oslo, Norway’s capital city, has presented a huge spruce to adorn London’s Trafalgar Square during the holidays.  In the past, the only joke regarding the tree by cheeky Londoners was to name it Spruce Willis, a jibe to the American actor. 

This year is a completely different story. Brits are most definitely looking at this gift horse (tree) in the mouth!

The 2019, 80-foot Christmas tree in Central London is being accused of being far from majestic.  Tweeterdom is calling Britain’s most famed Christmas tree merely sparse, anemic and sad.  Internet photos prove them right.

Is it a joke?  Not really because the Mayors of London and Oslo participated in selecting the tree.

Is Norway taking a slap at Brexit?  Far fetched as the Kingdom of Norway has never been a member of the European Union.

Maybe, it just reflects what we all know already—it has been a skinny year.  Plenty of coal lumps will find politicos Christmas stockings this year—unless you’re a member of the 1%.  Of course, the U.S. White House welcomes all lumps of coal as a sign of solidarity with anti-climate zealots.  Let’s not go there.

As for the rest of us, let’s echo Tiny Tim’s cheery outlook at the end of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol:  “God Bless us, everyone!”

Or as they say in Norway God jul og godt nytt ar!

Meanwhile closer to home, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and please pass the mashed potatoes.

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