Town left embarrassed over pathetic Christmas tree now dubbed Mr Squiggle

Christmas lights on a tree in a seaside town have left local residents fuming at the so called “pathetic” effort from the council.

A Christmas tree was decorated in New South Wales, Australia, which looked sparse and haphazard with the colourful lights, which looked to be draped without much thought. Some locals noticed the lights look liked squiggles.

A resident called out the “ugly Mr Squiggle” tree on Facebook and tagged the local council in the post, so that they would see. Other residents quickly jumped onto the criticism. “This is absolutely pathetic, what an embarrassing effort,” wrote the original user.

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They continued: “Not that I expect anything less from our council, but this needs to stop. Keep in mind before reading — the Mr. Squiggle effort took three days to complete.

"For all the money, effort and advertising that is spent in tourism from people like myself and many other dedicated content creators, businesses and organisations in the region bringing people to our beautiful area, there is nothing that screams neglect and lack of interest more than an unthoughtful, rushed, ugly, non-Christmassy, rope light installation on arguably one of the most noticeable trees in the entire Forster-Tuncurry.”

The user then posted a photo of another tree from a previous year which looked full and well decorated with neon candy canes, compared to the sparse lights on the 2023 effort.

The user got increasingly angry, and continued: “If I didn’t know better I would’ve thought it was Halloween with that scary effort. In previous years, we had the tree next to Beach St. Seafoods with the hula hoops (to represent baubles) was WAY classier – what went wrong? It used to be beautiful sight at night all lit up.”

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Other residents jumped to agree with the user, claiming it would be better to leave the tree bare. “It honestly would have been better off not being done at all … it’s a hideous mess,” wrote someone.

Another said: “How embarrassing for the town.” Someone else agreed: “Our beautiful paradise deserves a lot more so ugly such a disaster effort.”

The MidCoast Council caught wind of the online criticism and responded to the hate with a statement. They did not apologise, but reminded residents that they don’t have the money or resources to go all-out.

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The said: “Installing Christmas lights on large trees such as this is a specialist operation that we do not have the budget to deliver. Our staff are not professional tree decorators and we have delivered what was possible with the budget available and in the same way we have in previous years.”

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