Well Montreal, you tried.
Inspired by New York City’s Rockefeller Center Christmas tree — an 83-year-old tradition — Montreal set out to raise a massive, awe-inspiring tree in the city’s downtown Place des Festivals.
Instead, the city inspired something else.
— MTL Blog (@mtlblog) December 5, 2016
if you thought montreal couldn't get any more embarrassing, this is the tree we have downtown to compete with ny's rockafeller centre tree pic.twitter.com/TrPFPyadDt
— cassandra c! (@hnsc_cass) December 3, 2016
Tough week for Montreal. The Beaver Hall Hill incident and the Charlie Brown anorexic Christmas tree.
— Michael Chen (@MichaelChen68) December 7, 2016
Montreal's Christmas tree looks like it was just released from Xmas tree rehab and needs any spare change you might have for a bus ride home pic.twitter.com/DbcHdy28M6
— zak (@zaktebbal) December 6, 2016
— Toula Drimonis (@ToulasTake) December 6, 2016
The tree was sourced by tree delivery company Sapin MTL while Canadian Tire supplied the lights, according to Tourisme Montréal. Sapin reportedly worked with Just For Laughs to source and install the lanky thing, so maybe this is all a gag?
It has even inspired its own Twitter account, @SapinLaid, which means “ugly tree” in French.
But not everyone hates the perfectly imperfect 26-metre fir.
Hey Montreal I like your Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Has some personality.
— Hal O' be thy name (@Halbeerz) December 6, 2016
— EMMANUELS MONTREAL (@ejock_emmanuel) December 6, 2016
— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) December 4, 2016