December 7, 2019

"'Britain's Most Famous Christmas Tree' Criticized For Looking Sparse, Droopy And Sad."

NPR reports:
The Norwegian city of Oslo has given a Christmas tree to decorate Trafalgar Square in Central London since 1947 and it is a popular attraction during the holiday season.... During World War II, the Norwegian king and his family fled to the United Kingdom after Nazi Germany invaded their country. "The Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree is a gift from the Norwegian people as a thank you for London's aid during WW2 against tyranny. They have continued to send a tree as a symbol of our enduring friendship," officials said.

51 comments:

PB said...

Straight out of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Maybe the UK snobs will relearn the true meaning of Christmas.

Fernandistein said...

Maybe somebody will steal it.

Fernandistein said...

"Talk to the tree, make friends with it."

Oso Negro said...

they are Muslims in London anyway. They don't do Christmas

AllenS said...

There are enough Muslims in Oslo and nearby areas now that there might be a good chance that they picked out the tree.

mccullough said...

Norway forgets. As does England.

Send the tree back.

Fernandistein said...

How can you spot a Norwegian extrovert?

They look at your shoes instead of their own.

Leland said...

Looks like a middle finger to me.

Lurker21 said...

They should play the sad Charlie Brown music at the dedication and have the voices of BoJo, the Queen and the mayor come out as "Mwah wah wah."

Christmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year


The words sound happy, but the music - like the tree - is depressing.

mockturtle said...

It will look better when the ornaments weigh the branches down a bit. But it does look pathetic.

Bob Boyd said...

It's not done yet!

Original Mike said...

A lot of effort goes into picking a beautiful tree at our house. Another winner this year.

rcocean said...

I think Norway is running out of gratitude - or Trees.

Limited blogger said...

The lefties joke that the tree is anemic because of a desire for Brexit?

These ninnies have no perspective.

David Begley said...

Europe is finished.

rcocean said...

Give it to NPR to call it "The Holiday season" and use the word Nazi when talking about a Christmas tree.

n.n said...

Seasonal mood swings. Trees are people, too.

All I want for the holidays are national socialists under the tree.

n.n said...

looking sparse

A distinct lack of diversity.

rehajm said...

It's not done yet!

Yes. Years past the Trafalgar tree has always been tall and thin. They'll tart it up with lights and it'll be fine...

When I moved to the Pacific Northwest back in the day I was introduced to those Noble Fir trees with very sparse branches. I thought they were a bad joke until I saw one decorated. The branches are very strong to support candlesticks and heavy decorations. Just keep an eye on it and a fire extinguisher handy. Beautiful...

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

sometimes the sparseness = more room for bling bling.
Lets talk after they decorate.

AllenS said...

"The Holiday season"... and what holiday would that be?

gspencer said...

Looks like Norway's new Muslims have been pissing of the roots for a couple of years. Charlie Brown's looks better.

Howard said...

No, your right, it totally sucks because the Norge muzzies joined the war on Christmas (they call it Jihad on Jesus). This is another example of the libtard elites and the enemas of the Free world are taking over.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Is it a living tree (planted in the ground) or one that was cut and delivered?

If it was cut and delivered FROM Norway, the tree was likely tightly bound up to prevent the limbs from accidentally breaking off during shipping. Once the binding is removed the limbs will relax and spread out more. Get over it!

This is how most fir Christmas trees in the US are shipped. Bound up and stacked in piles for storage and delivery.

It will look better when the ornaments weigh the branches down a bit. But it does look pathetic.

You would look pathetic too if you had been lopped off from your roots/food source, bound up like a mummy for days or weeks and stowed in the hold of a ship for delivery :-)

Original Mike said...

"just look at the poor thing"

We ended up with a scrawny tree several years ago (a couple of years of drought made for slim pickings that year). I actually did feel sorry for that tree. It didn't ask for its fate.

john said...

It's because of global warming. Norway trees are now a shadow of their former selves, indeed, they can now barely cast a shadow any more, just dying sticks.

It is still symbolic, if not of Christmas, then of species extinction.

Besides, Greta picked it out.

BUMBLE BEE said...

Where is Randy Quaid? Looks more like F*ck You than Thank You. Send It Back hereby seconded.

tim maguire said...

It seems churlish to complain as the gesture is the thing, but that is a sad looking tree. Who is responsible for quality control?

LuAnn Zieman said...

John--Sorry. Norwegians still resent the days of Swedish rule. Greta wouldn't be allowed to pick out their tree!

Wince said...

"Lights, please."

readering said...

When family moved to London in sixties one of the frustrations was difficulty in finding decent Christmas tree. One year reduced to buying one with Siamese trunk so dad spent ages cutting it to fit in stand. One year he tried to bring one back from Brussels trip but seized by customs. Finally reduced to artificial tree until move back to States.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

It's pining for the fjords.

Giovan Pietro Bellori said...

In Rome two years ago they had the very sad Spelacchio, the Mangy.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

Maybe this is by design. A scrawny tree is less likely to trigger a major fire in the city when Extinction Rebellion tries to burn it down.

Giovan Pietro Bellori said...

I see the Romans are already saying the Trafalgar Sq tree is "spelacchiato"

Scott X said...

As I read the first few words of the headline I was sure that it was going to read, 'Britain's Most Famous Christmas Tree Criticized for Not Being Diverse and Inclusive."

Finding out that the tree was only being criticized for being "Sparse, Droopy and Sad" came as a relief.

Yancey Ward said...

When I was small child (5-6), there was this rich family that had a 100 ft fir tree their front yard that had the perfect conical shape (probably properly trimmed for it) that they decorated all out every Christmas- it was the most amazing large Christmas tree I had ever seen then or since. However, every Summer it looked scraggly undecorated.

Bilwick said...

"They should play the sad Charlie Brown music at the dedication and have the voices of BoJo, the Queen and the mayor come out as 'Mwah wah wah.'"

And then have London street urchins gather at the tree, wave their arms in the air, and magically make the tree beautiful.

Char Char Binks said...

Chop it into Yule logs and burn them.

mockturtle said...

Bill, Republic of Texas quips: It's pining for the fjords.

We have a winner! :-D

Original Mike said...

And to top it off, some guy on the interwebs is calling it a 'pine'.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

Hallelujah, Noel, be it Heaven or hell
The Christmas we get, we deserve
--E,L,P

does this withered symbol reflect the state of their devotion?

Narr said...

Bah! Humbug!

Christmas is racist. So are Christmas trees, and NPR segments about racist London's racist Christmas racist Christmas trees. And Nazis. And Norwegians--did you know some of them were Nazis? Fact!

Narr
No, really, bah. And humbug.

Drago said...

In Khan's London, is Christmas even allowed any longer?

Not if you don't have a knife and acid-proof abode. And you better not be caught on the streets with a tree. Might as well paint a target on your back.

mockturtle said...

They should display a decorated narwhal tusk.

Wince said...

"Isn't it good, Norwegian wood."
- John Lennon

I guess not.

The Norwegian city of Oslo has given a Christmas tree to decorate Trafalgar Square in Central London since 1947 and it is a popular attraction during the holiday season.

Shane said...

The character burned the place down at the end of "Norwegian Wood."

Tomcc said...

I imagine that the group that was given responsibility for providing the tree (being Norwegian and all), determined that they should provide something nice...but not too nice.

todd galle said...

Good gosh, my dying conifer in the back yard is fuller than that. I suppose I should have suggested it as a donation to the UK, thereby saving the $3000 to have it taken down and removed. Shipping would have probably been an issue though.

stevew said...

A few extra lights and ample tinsel will make that thing look glorious.

Josephbleau said...

Regarding Norway and Sweden, a common Norwegian joke, “How do we know Jesus was not born in Norway? Because no wise men could come from the east.”