CONCORD (CBS 5) – It looks like the City of Concord is in for another Charlie Brown Christmas as the city’s spindly little tree central park tree will return for a second round of holiday decorations.
It’s a poor pathetic dayadora cedar that didn’t like well water and turned brown and is basically on life support. A year ago, the city received international attention when it turned the struggling shrub into its city’s holiday tree to save money.
“It was the combination of the community support around the country that really inspired us to continue,” said Downtown Program Manager Florence Weiss. “We knew we wanted to do the tree again this year.”
The city’s arborist has advised the tree’s brittle branches can’t withstand ornaments and lights.
But because of the overwhelming community support they got last year – they’re paying tribute to the tree by asking people to donate a 3 foot – or smaller tree, decorated or undecorated that will circle the Charlie tree. Those trees will then be donated to local groups. They’re also continuing their Linus blanket drive for the homeless.
For those looking for a more traditional tree – one of the downtown businesses donated money for a live Blue Spruce that will eventually be planted and become the city’s holiday tree. This year it will be on display at the plaza’s fountain.
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