Reading embraces Charlie Brown-style ugly Christmas tree

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 18, 2014 3:41 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam

(Reading) -- The official Christmas tree in Reading has brought plenty of grief.

Good grief.

When the 50-foot Norway spruce went up last month, it drew immediate comparisons to the scraggly sapling in "A Charlie Brown Christmas.''  

Some residents and city officials called it an embarrassment and demanded it be replaced with a more suitable specimen.

Instead, Reading decided to embrace the Charlie Brown theme. 

Workers wrapped a blue blanket around its base and adorned it with a single red ball.

The city announced a worldwide photo and essay contest.

This weekend, the public's invited to give the tree a makeover  -- just like the "Peanuts'' gang surprised Charlie Brown by turning his puny pine into a trimmed, twinkling tannenbaum. 

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