Down in Dorset there is a row brewing, over the decision to replace a traditional Christmas tree with a fake one - for health and safety reasons.
Shoppers in Poole say the artificial tree looks more like a huge traffic cone or something from outer space.
There are no branches, decorations or baubles, and its tiny lights only show up at night.
But Borough of Poole bosses insist it is safer, sturdier and cheaper in the long run than a Norway fir tree that could topple over in strong winds.
'We've sought an alternative solution following a number of complaints from the public about last year's real Christmas tree,' says town centre manager Richard Randle-Jones.
'The tree is covered with thousands of LED lights with a bright star on top and looks very special after dark. We would invite shoppers to come down and judge the tree for themselves.'
Health and safety rules mean any large structure must be safely secured to stop it falling over during a storm.
People had complained about the hoardings and guy ropes supporting the real tree last year, the council said.
You just can’t please some people, and what an ugly tree,
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