For 23 years now, the Westlake Christmas tree has been Seattle's shiniest ornament, the one true marker that says the grand holiday season is upon us. Thousands of residents have flocked through the years to the lighting ceremony, normally held the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The tree has usually been a Douglas or silver fir, grown somewhere in Washington. This year, though, it's artificial. Fake. Reuseable and sustainable, yes -- but wrong.
Needless to say, Gene Rosso, of family-owned Rosso Gardens in Tukwila, which has furnished Westlake with the towering tree for most of the 23 years, is not pleased.
"To me, this is Washington state," Rosso told SeattlePI.com. "We're the Evergreen state. It should be an evergreen kind of tree. It doesn't feel like Christmas to me when you have a fake tree."
Being a fake tree is one thing -- that could be perhaps forgiven -- but the fact that it won't even light up, and hasn't since the initial lighting ceremony on Nov. 23, is another more damnable issue.
"There terms we're using now is we are experiencing technical difficulties," Carol Hildahl told The Daily Weekly yesterday.
According to Daily Weekly commenter guthmr, Westlake's fake, unlit Christmas tree is just more of the same from our fair city.
As guthmr writes:
Last time I went to this tree lighting ceremony was just a few years ago and the real tree that they had produced was a sad excuse for a Christmas tree, let alone a tree period. Scraggly and missing key limbs throughout it was pathetic. However, not sure that I am too excited about a tree that isn't real either; something that can be made to appear "perfect" to some (assuming it worked as intended) just misses the point of the season and the state that we live in. This won't be the last sad day in Seattle's history though so get used to it..