This Christmas, city won't stand for 'Charlie Brown' tree

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 11:47 AM

READING, Pa. (AP) — A year after its scraggly "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree caused an uproar, a Pennsylvania city is putting up a more traditional tannenbaum this holiday season.

The official Christmas tree in Reading will be a pleasingly plump, 25-foot-tall white fir. The Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/1WPjOkf) reports that crews cut it down Monday.

Last year's tree was a sad-looking Norway spruce that drew immediate comparisons to the sparse sapling in "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Some demanded a replacement, but instead, Reading wrapped a blue blanket around its base and adorned it with a single red ball to match the puny pine in the beloved TV special.

This year, city officials say they wanted to put their best foot forward. A tree-lighting ceremony will be held later this month.

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