Winnipeg upset after city says it's not doing a Christmas tree this year
The Christmas season may almost be upon us, but one Canadian city won't be practicing its usual holiday tradition.
Winnipeg announced Tuesday that they won't be placing a Christmas tree in front of city hall like in previous years, and many are disappointed.
People are really losing their shit because Winnipeg doesn’t have a Christmas tree this year huh— emma (@emmamnw) November 6, 2019
The city experienced major damage to thousands of trees after a winter storm hit during Thanksgiving weekend.
Crews are still in the process of cleaning up, and city spokesperson Ken Allen told Global News all of the city's resources are currently being allocated to repairs.
"With our crews and significant resources dedicated to storm-related tree debris cleanup … we will not be able to install and light up a large spruce tree for the holiday season at City Hall this year," he said.
Usually the city chooses a tree donated by a Winnipeg resident to be featured outside city hall throughout the holiday season.
Allen told Global they'll be looking for another way to mark the occasion this year, but many aren't satisfied with that answer.
Some residents feel it won't truly be Christmas without the festive tree at city hall.
Christmas will be erased this year in Winnipeg. City can't put up a tree too much storm damage pic.twitter.com/soM4kaMJfr— David (@privatecitizenn) November 6, 2019
While others are using the opportunity to make fun of the city as a whole.
It is cold&dark outside .I need to wash my face then go out for a drive&hit as many potholes as I can. Oh no xmas tree at @cityofwinnipeg this yr. At least my WiFi works sporadically. #Winnipeg pic.twitter.com/l9MHEGz4hJ— Still waiting for stanley in Peg (@ward_mcpherson) November 6, 2019
Meanwhile, other residents are pointing out how silly it is to get upset about one tree.
Here we go again, Winnipeg. Citizens complain that the city is spending money in places it shouldn't. When the Mayor says we need to cut back due to the storm, and says the tree will not go up... everyone starts to complain.— M. (@accordingtomio) November 6, 2019
Would you rather he cut something that is needed?
And some are taking matters into their own hands and proposing that residents chip in for the tree.
Since the city is unable to put up a Christmas tree outside city hall this year due to the storm damage, we should all chip in and buy a few of those seasonal themed light projectors from Canadian Tire to set up in its place. #Winnipeg #wpgpoli— Paul Quaye 🇨🇦 (@paulquaye) November 6, 2019
One resident even started a GoFundMe to raise money for it.
But regardless of whether Winnipeg lights a tree this year or not, Christmas will definitely still come to town.
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