Monday, December 16, 2013

Some Christmas trees are so ugly!

from w
Christmas tree O Christmas tree how beautiful you stand.... but have you seen the red and white cardboard structure they call a tree - in Geelong's Mall? Even our new Mayor says it's the most ugly tree in the world. Yeah, very ugly shapes and it cost $30,000 according to the local paper. Now that would buy a lot of seedlings to plant lovely real trees somewhere! The trees decorated ($1000 each) by the Primary School children are okay. The origin of a tree as a blessing goes way back in history -the evergreen being symbolic, and then Luther's story of seeing stars shining through a pine tree started the tradition of a special tree at Christmas. But commercialisation and all the wrapped presents etc. changed the beauty and simplicity of Luther's tree. Peceli and I were in town today for a Chinese snack lunch and I took a few photos. I like the greenish tree with hands best. I liked the bare tree decoration inside Market Square near the upstairs lunch area, reminded me of the Jesse tree which is one Christmas custom where symbols are placed on a bare tree.

Of course a Nativity Scene would be more appropriate and they used to have one not far from Johnstone Park. Perhaps the new Mayor and Councillors need to consult with the Geelong church communities who know a little more about what Christmas is about!

From the Geelong Advertiser:
IS Geelong's Christmas tree the ugliest going around? Or is it Nordic trendy and up to the minute?
Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons did not mince his words when asked about the $30,000 effort.
``It's a disgrace,'' Cr Lyons said. ``It's the worst Christmas tree in the world.''
``I totally understand the lack of creativity over the years.
``And having starfish in the streets - I won't be having any more starfish next year.
``I am working on a number of different plans and we will be working with a Melbourne-based company.''

Cr Lyons had just come from a meeting with a firm called Creative Production Services, which he said had been responsible for some of the constructions to appear in Fed Square, and who would be doing Geelong's Christmas decorations next year.
``They're the guys that did the King Kong hand on the Eureka Tower,'' he said.
Cr Lyons said one thing that had worked this year were the Christmas trees put together by children from various primary schools.
One thing for certain can be said about the tree in the mall - everybody has an opinion. When the Geelong Advertiser posted a question about it on the Addy's Facebook, nearly 200 people commented on it.
One mother said her five-year-old daughter laughed when told it was a Christmas tree.
Fairlie Pritchard posted that if the budget allowed the Christmas decorations could be more extravagant.
``However, the budget given was minimal, and the best was done with that,'' she wrote.


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