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World 'A Present From Norway and It's Dead': Christmas Tree Unites London in Dismay

18:27  05 december  2019
18:27  05 december  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

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It is a present from Norway for our contribution in WWII. The people of Norway have donated the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square since 1947 as a thank you for help received during World War II.

LONDON — For some people, Christmas is all about carols, presents, Santa Claus and his reindeer.

a group of people walking on a city street: The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square is an annual gift from the Norwegian city of Oslo as a token of gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during World War II.© Victoria Jones/Press Association, via Associated Press The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square is an annual gift from the Norwegian city of Oslo as a token of gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during World War II.

Not for Trevor Smith, for whom the highlight of the festive season is a tall, woody perennial fir that is dispatched every year from Norway to Britain: the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. This year, however, the tree is not a sight for sore eyes.

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The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is usually a Norwegian spruce (Picea abies) over 20 metres high and 50-60 years old. It is selected from the forests surrounding Oslo with great care The 25-metre high tree is a gift from the people of Norway to London , in thanks for Britain’ s support in World War II.

The 80-foot (25 meter) tree sparkles with hundreds of lights, and it comes — as it has every year since 1947 — as a gift from Norway . The tree is a symbol of While in London , King Haakon established a government in exile to lead the resistance effort in Norway . For the king, the news was broadcast in

Just two years after Romans mocked their Christmas tree, nicknaming it Spelacchio — Mangy — it’s now Londoners’ turn to unite in their shared disappointment in the sparse spruce.

“I come every year, and this one is quite bare,” Mr. Smith, 73, said on Thursday, gazing at the thin, 79-foot tree standing at the foot of the National Gallery in Central London.

Like a child excitedly unwrapping presents on Christmas morning, Mr. Smith travels every year from his house near Heathrow International Airport to Trafalgar Square after the tree is erected just to get a glimpse.

“It’s absolutely a happy day,” he said, but added that this year’s tree “just looks a bit sad.”

Maybe the sea journey from Norway to Britain was too rough this year, he suggested, or climate change could be to blame.

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Norway - they present a Christmas tree to the UK each year. It ' s Norway that gives the UK a Christmas Tree every year as a thank you for help received during World War 2. The country of Norway gifts a Christmas tree to Britain each year that stands in London 's Trafalgar Square.

While there King Haakon established a government in exile in London to lead the resistance effort. King Haakon and the Norwegian people never forgot what Britain did for Norway , and each year It is chosen with great care, usually many years before it is to be used. The Christmas tree is typically

“It’s probably a bit short of water; I think it needs a drink,” said another passer-by, Mark Wansborough-Jones, also 73.

The tree is an annual gift from the people of Oslo to London as a sign of gratitude for Britain’s help during World War II, the Westminster City Council said in an emailed statement. The tradition started in 1947, when King Haakon VII, who ruled Norway for 52 years, sent a tree as a thank-you gift to Britain, where he had escaped to after the Nazis invaded Norway.

Year in and year out, the fir’s sole decorations are strings of white Christmas lights, in accordance with the traditional Norwegian style, the council said. The lighting ceremony in London was to take place early Thursday evening.

“It is one of the highlights for every Lord Mayor to take part in this great festive event celebrating the enduring friendship between our nations,” Councilor Ruth Bush, the Lord Mayor of Westminster, said in a statement.

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But the frail appearance of this year’s tree has dimmed the excitement for some ahead of the event.

Daniel Freduah-Gyimah, 27, who works at Heavens Grill, a Christmas market stall in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, said on Thursday that while the tree’s height was impressive, “It looks like a Christmas tree losing hair.”

Rory Loregnerd, his 58-year-old colleague, had a harsher assessment. “It’s dead,” he said, adding, “It’s a present from Norway, and it’s dead.”

He even suggested that the Norwegians probably sent this tree as a message against Brexit, despite Norway’s not being part of the European Union.

Like all other Christmas trees that end up in Trafalgar Square, this fir was grown in Ostmarka, a forested area east of Oslo, where people talk to and hug trees to encourage their growth, the council said.

In a foreboding twist, the 90-year-old tree was planted close to a small lake named Trollvann, or “the water of the trolls,” according to the council.

As the ridicule against the tree piled up on social media, a Trafalgar Square Tree account on Twitter fired off ripostes.

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Christmas in London By Time Out London Editors. Most Londoners know that our friends in Norway present us with our famous Trafalgar Square Christmas tree each year, but it ’ s not When Norway was invaded by the Nazis in 1940, King Haakon VII fled to London , where he was granted

After a social media user on Monday called the fir the “most anemic tree possible,” the account replied, “I thought I’d left the trolls behind in Norway!”

As for the numerous social media users who called it “dead” or joked that “government cuts” were to blame for the sparse Christmas tree, the account replied, “At 80ft tall the tree will not look like the one in your living room.”

“Out of the ones we’ve seen, it’s not quite as impressive,” Kate Wynn, 36, an engineer who went to see the tree with her young daughter, said on Thursday in Trafalgar Square.

But not everyone hated the tree.

“It’s amazing!” her 6-year-old daughter, Imogen, exclaimed. “It’s huge,” the girl added. “It looks like it’s a million years old.”

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