This out of Belgium. This year, the traditional pine tree has been replaced by an electric tree. It’s called Xmas 3 (which means “Christmas Tree” – get it?). It’s at La Grand-Place in Brussels.

More pictures here.

My Austrian news site, religion.orf.at, reports that some people don’t like it. Over 25,000 have signed a petition calling for “respect for our values and traditions.” It was charged that the tree cost the city eight times as much as a real true – but in fact the energy concern Electrabel sponsored and covered the costs for the new tree.

There is a Facebook page for the return of a true Christmas tree to the square.

Ultimately, it’s a matter of taste. I kind of like it. What do you think?

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