Reading hopes to avoid ugly Christmas tree controversy

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 24, 2015 7:09 AM

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(Reading) -- Christmas in July might is a marketing gimmick, but a Christmas tree debate in July is serious business in Reading.

City officials and civic groups are already discussing what might be done to avoid last year's "Charlie Brown'' Christmas tree controversy.

The tree became a focal point because it was relatively spindly and misshapen.

But the criticism became a rallying point when the city treated its tree like the scrawny tree featured in the animated special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas.''

The city even wrapped a blanket around the tree's base and adorned it with a single red ball.

Now City Councilwoman Donna Reed is opposing suggestions by some civic groups that the city could avoid the fuss, and save money, with an artificial tree

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