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    Norway has sent a Christmas tree to London each year since 1947 as a “thank you” for Britain's support during World War II.

    A Norwegian tree on Trafalgar Square has been a staple of the British Christmas for decades. This year's tree, however, has drawn a lot of ridicule on social media.

    While city officials call the Norwegian contribution Britain's “most famous Christmas tree”, netizens provided it a brutal tongue-lashing.

    “The state of the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square this year.... most anaemic tree possible”, former parliamentary adviser Calum Mulligan tweeted, saying he felt sorry for the poor little tree.

    ​Some found the spruce rather scrawny, whereas others jokingly called it “austeri-tree”.

    ​London's "austeri-tree" 😂 Seriously though, we're in a Brexit mess and people are complaining about a Christmas tree?! #TrafalgarSquare pic.twitter.com/nbdcovV4EV

    ​However, the feedback wasn't only negative, and many thought the tree looked great in Christmas lights and even offered Norway their apologies.

    Historic Tradition

    ​Forest-covered Norway has been providing the UK capital with Christmas trees since 1947 as a token for its gratitude for the British support during World War II, when the Norwegian king and his family fled to the UK following the Nazi invasion of their country.

    ​This year's tree is 90 years old and nearly seven metres tall. It was chosen in Trollvann in Nordmarka by Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen and Ruth Bush, mayor of the Westminster district of London in November, felled and shipped to the UK.

    ​Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen of the Socialist Left Party called the tree “symbolic and important”, stressing the importance of the tradition to be upheld.

    The Christmas tree on Trafalgar Square has a Twitter account of its own.

    ​In 2017, the a similar story occurred in the Italian capital, as inhabitants of Rome gave their Christmas tree the nickname “Baldy”. Some even went so far as to suggest the tree was already dead and compared with to a toilet brush.


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