The British are dissatisfied with the Norwegian Christmas tree

A view of the Christmas tree, an annual gift from the city of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance, during the second world war, in Trafalgar Square, London, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

The British are dissatisfied with the Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, calling it “sparse” and “anemic.”

Every year since 1947, Norway has given a Christmas tree as a gift to the British. The tree has always stood in Trafalgar Square in London.

This year the British are unhappy with the tree they have been given. On social media, many have been harsh with criticism. Several call it “sad,” “embarrassing” and believe that the tree is sparse.

It was the BBC who first mentioned the criticism.

The tree is 21 meters high and should be decorated and lit at 6 p.m. today. It was felled at Trollvann in Oslo on 19th November.

The British ambassador to Norway, Richard Wood, defends the tree.

“It’s how a 90-year-old, 25-meter tall tree looks out in the open,” Wood says according to the BBC.

The first tree was a gift from King Haakon VII to the British who thanked him for fleeing to Britain during World War II.

“It is more important to think about the symbolism of the tree than to count how many branches it has,” says Wood.

The council of Westminster also calls the tree a generous gift.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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