The following is an excerpt from Philip Pullella | December 19, 2017 | reuters.com |
ROME (Reuters) - Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree. How mangy are your branches! That could be Rome’s version of the classic Christmas carol, which speaks instead of branches, lovely and steadfast.
Romans are up in arms over the tree that has been dubbed “Spelacchio”. Roughly translated as mangy or baldy, the name given to the tree in the capital’s Piazza Venezia has become a symbol of what many see as the eternal city’s eternal decay.
“It’s a disgrace. It hurts even to look at this Christmas tree,” one Roman resident told Reuters Television, using an Italian term suggesting that it looked like a plucked chicken.
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