Norway insists new Christmas tree is ‘threadbare’

If you’re planning to plump for a slice of Norway in this year’s festive season then enjoy the fact your local Christmas tree is “threadbare”, a Norwegian ambassador has said.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt told the Independent and Independent on Sunday that this year’s patriotic Christmas tree that was presented to the British people was “threadbare”, and “has been ruffled a bit”, adding: “And it will be ruffled again next year.”

The Norwegian capital, Oslo, is not known for its trees but many Britons took to social media to compare the fresh-cut tree with the ones that adorn many UK houses.

Fran Walton (@francalloyd) Maybe the real Oslo’s tree is regally adorned, like this one in #London.

Maybe it’s the crappy one of #StRutherford’s Estate.

Probably the crappy one in #Beeston…

David Downie (@electrictsnews) Just looked at the tree in the Scotsman garden. Looks like some one got at least 5 butts when they cut it down. #EasterIsGone

Tom Hamilton (@Thamunlh) Oslo’s Christmas tree. Quality? 1/10

The Brexit situation came up when a Scotsman, speaking to a member of the Norwegian delegation, told him: “I don’t know. Norway’s Christmas tree is probably built like one. They had to build some consistency. How can you have that with our peculiar Brexit situations?”

Gillian Harrison (@GillianHarrison) Like I say, no complaints there, the tree doesn’t look very good, but I’m honestly surprised they are giving Norway the little wattle ‘n’ dip. @GuardianBritain

Nonetheless, not all the trees in front of Britons went unremarked.

Andrew Bishop (@AndrewBBCShop)

Chances are, whoever brought up the issue of Christmas trees and Brexit will be disappointed. Her Majesty the Queen will keep on delivering the same brilliant message.

• This article was amended on 20 July 2019. An earlier version said the wattle and dip referring to a Christmas tree in Norway consisted of artificial fibres which were then used to fashion the real Christmas tree which resembles a wattle. This has been corrected to “fibres”.

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