GREETINGS FROM A SAD CHRISTMAS TREE

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As Hans Christian Andersen might have said: Once upon a time there was a sad Christmas Tree. It wasn't small. In fact, it was quite a giant and it came all the way from the snow-covered Val di Fiemme-Cavalese, in the province of Trento, a gift from the people of the mountain valley to the great city of Rome.

Unfortunately, no-one knows how, it managed to lose many of its frondy branches on its journey south and when it was set up in front of the mighty monument known as the Victor Emmanuel Memorial in the very heart of Rome, it looked - well a little shorn and forlorn. The Roman people laughed at it and called it “Spelacchio” (or “Mangy”) and even when it was adorned with Christmas lights it did not look much better.

“Spelacchio”, however, soon achieved fame, thanks to the social network which didn't stop talking about it for days. No other Christmas Tree was talked about so much not even the proud and well-endowed Vatican Christmas Tree, which shone with splendour in front of St. Peter's great basilica.

In the end, the citizens stopped cracking jokes about “Spelacchio” and scorn gave way to more tender sentiments. The Romans felt sorry for poor disdained “Spelacchio” and took it into their hearts, saying, with a shrug, that it was, after all, a symbol of the times.

 

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20 Dec 2017