City plans celebration for 'Charlie Brown' tree

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Posted: Dec 01, 2014 5:14 PM
City plans celebration for 'Charlie Brown' tree

READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania city is fully embracing the Charlie Brown-esque Christmas tree it once rejected.

Officials in Reading (RED'-ing) are planning a Charlie Brown Day festival Dec. 20 to celebrate and spruce up the city's scrawny, 50-foot Norwegian pine.

The Reading Eagle reports Monday (http://bit.ly/1rMlf9P ) city officials hope to attract visitors who have followed the tree's saga through media coverage.

The city still plans to decorate the tree Saturday with a single red ornamental bulb — just like the scrawny tree in the beloved "Peanuts" holiday tale.

More decorations will be added Dec. 20, echoing efforts by Charlie Brown's friends in "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Reading officials tried replacing the puny pine after residents complained it was ugly but ran into logistical programs and decided to keep it.

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Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/