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Citizen complaint of the day: The 2020est Christmas tree in Brighton

Brighton Christmas tree with lots of brown needles

An aggrieved citizen files a 311 complaint (several, actually) about the sad Christmas tree installed in Brighton Center the other day:

Please relocate tree to Allston.

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It must be a thing.. the tree for Rockefeller center looked like hell too.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Em-eAlJXEAAhiuB?format=jpg&name=900x900

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He’s OK.

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This is an insult to the honor of Jim's Deli

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This is the perfect tree for this crap show of a year.

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For the past four or five years the large, public Christmas Tree erected in front of the social center in Central Square in East Boston has leaned at a distinct and noticeable angle. You'd think after the first year something would have been done about it, but they keep letting it be that way year after year.

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I’m sure it couldn’t be the wind

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It leans that way permanently from the start. It's a structural problem of some sort.

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There was time when a tree like that would be rescued by round-headed neighborhood boy. Another would lovingly drape his blanket around the base of it and all the other kids would decorate it.

All that love would turn the sad tree into a happy, beautiful Christmas tree.

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"Mwa wah wah, mwa mwa wah mwa mwa. Mwa mwa wah"

- Closed

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"A bunch of kids were outside noisily singing in a "ooooh ooh ooh" fashion - and I'm pretty sure one of them looked dangerous, if you know what I mean. Where's the police to get rid of these loud troublemakers when you need them?"

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!

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with Christmas decorations that's causing excessive light pollution.

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Ppl need to chill. Obviously the tree stinks but does it really matter? Are people for fragile that a crappy tree knocks them out of whack. You can see all the needles on the ground, so it’s apparent the extra crappiness of it came while it was sitting there. I say embrace it and move on with your day.

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pretty sure it was a joke... the caption is "please relocate to Allston". As a former resident of both Brighton and Allston it gave me a good chuckle.

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The complaint (from the same person, maybe, but it had a different photo) filed under "needle cleanup" with a photo of some of the dropped needles - the city took it seriously and dispatched one of the crews that picks up discarded hypodermic needles, who, of course, found "no needles" at the scene.

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This tree is a mood, and I am feeling it. 2020-scraggle-trees for all!

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No amount of love can bring it back from the dead. Dead is dead.

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All trees are dead once you cut them from the roots.

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If you take care of a tree well enough, it doesn't figure out that it's dead until it's about to get mulched (or eaten by an elephant)

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We've all really lost touch with the meaning of the mid-winter holiday.

Back in the good old days, people would bring trees into their homes and also have giant fires to ward off the long December nights in northern Europe. I say we skip all this johnny-come-lately Christmas nonsense and get back to bonfires as the real celebration of the solstice. Starting with this tree.

Make American Pagan Again.

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Put the Saturn back in Saturnalia.

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I am not, at this time, calling for a return to 'Wicker Man' style human sacrifice.

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are you planning to get the attention of the Old Gods, smart guy?

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I bet the Old Gods are on Next Door all day long, like most retired folks with too much time on their hands.

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The new gods are pretty much like the old ones, anyway. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the victim of the ultimate human sacrifice. Even the twist that the victim is also God isn’t necessarily original. Odin sacrificed himself to himself, by hanging himself on a tree.

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The old gods sure did impregnate a lot of women under, to be charitable, very dubious circumstances. The Judeo-Christian God only had the one kid out of wedlock, that we know about at least.

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That's one of the best examples I've ever seen of where the phrase Judeo-Christian really doesn't work.

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Although it does raise the theological question as to whether that is a different God or not?

I thought the Jewish belief was that Jesus was perhaps a prophet, but not the promised Messiah. Christians obviously believe Jesus was the son of God. So, could be the same God in either scenario as it's a question of Jesus' identity not God's identity. A real Billy Jean situation if you will.

Question - is the Jewish Messiah to be the son of God or just a descendant of David?

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IANAR, but the Jewish concept of the Messiah (literally, "anointed one") is a human being descended from David. Judaism rejects the idea of any physical form or incarnation of God, and considers God to be unique and indivisible, so the Trinity is right out. The line that I was responding to, "...God only had the one kid out of wedlock..." can only refer to the Christian concept of God, not the Jewish one (or for that matter, the Muslim one, which, to the best of my understanding, is much closer to the Jewish concept than the Christian concept is).

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That is the kind of theological clarification I expect from this website's commenters.

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In 2020, we are all Dreadfully Tepid Tree.

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Tepid?

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Yes, tepid. As in, lackluster or underwhelming.

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Yup, I know what tepid means, even when applied to things other than temperature, but honestly that tree goes well beyond "dreadfully tepid" and firmly into "horrific." Which is the main reason I was puzzled.

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It's not such a bad little tree.

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Could be free, they need one this year I read here

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Sounds like Public Works replaced the tree today.

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Thank goodness. That was an incredibly sad looking tree. 2020 has been bad enough. I have to wonder what did happen to the city trees this year though and will it affect the smaller apartment style trees?

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...unless they're getting trees from very far away that were cut two months ago, it shouldn't be THAT big a factor.

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Now I'm gonna have nightmares of the talking tree at Bugaboo Creek!

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Please relocate tree to Allston.

Please relocate tree to Louisburg Square

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