A city’s Christmas tree has been branded the ‘worst in history’ after its shabby physique and sad decorations drew ridicule.
The “embarrassing” tree was meant to spread festive spirit but left locals speechless and the internet in fits of laughter.
Crowds eagerly surrounded the tree in readiness for the spectacle of the lighting ceremony at Friday’s annual Christmas market in Port Macquarie, Australia.
At midnight it was lit for the first time to reveal what viewers called an “epic failure” – a tree that appeared to be hanging for its life.
Deflated bullets, missing branches, and broken and tangled lights resulted in disappointed sighs and laughter from onlookers.
News of the “sloppy mess of a tree” spread quickly and soon became the subject of an online roast, with users teasing that “this tree will haunt me” and “this hurts my soul”.
Amid the memes and mockery, some on social media argued the tree was a “disgrace” and believed it was a spectacular example of local council incompetence.
Taking the situation lightly, the council replied good-naturedly, “What can we say, except… you’re welcome.”
The council later admitted bad weather was to blame for the Christmas bug.
Mayor Peta Pinson said: “At Friday’s all-important lighting ceremony, we all realized at once that a number of lights had shifted or failed to turn on due to inclement weather, and we were saddened to see our inflatable balls were deflated – much like our mood when the tree was lit.”
She said it was “a throwback to an otherwise successful night” and vowed to replace the sad tree with another.
Addressing the failure on Facebook, Port Macquarie Hasting Council said: “So let’s be honest. Our poor tree looks like it was decorated by Santa Claus after zooming around the world and having too many eggnogs.
“Just like the rest of us – she’s battered and bruised, but she’s still standing.”
On the bright side, locals welcomed their new random tree as a symbol that nothing can be perfect.
“Personally, I was like ‘What the hell’ and then I looked at my partner and burst out laughing,” a Port Macquarie resident told Yahoo News Australia, saying the tree has “seen better days”.
Netizens also joked about a positive take on the disaster: “It has…character?” and “Google, show me the definition of ‘a bit of shit.’
At the end of the hilarious saga, the tree that promised to be “magnificent and valuable” was relieved of its role and replaced by last year’s fake tree on Tuesday.
The Port Macquarie debacle isn’t the first horrifying tree to make headlines.
In 2019, a West Yorkshire Christmas tree was dubbed ‘the worst in the north’ after only half of it was allowed to be lit for safety reasons.
The memory of the 2017 ‘leaning skeleton’ Christmas tree still haunts local residents in St Mary, Devon.
A forest of horrifying Christmas displays left locals across the country confused in 2020.
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