During the holidays, big vibrant cities usually play host to large and grandiose Christmas trees. There's the famous tree at Lincoln Center in New York. There's the big, glowing orb of a Norway Spruce at Chicago's Millennium Park, and the imposing tree jutting upwards at London's Traflagar square.
Then there's Rome. The Italian capital has in recent weeks been dragged through muck and mire on Twitter for its Christmas tree, which hasn't lived up to the city's legendary stature. The tree, which reportedly cost the city $57,000 to transport to the Piazza Venezia, is a balding network of pines and brittle branches. (It's been nicknamed "Spelacchio," which translates to "mangey" in Italian). And it's also been described as a "toilet brush" by one disappointed Roman who spoke to The New York Times.
Despite being festooned with ornaments, the tree looks like it wants nothing to do with Christmas. It would rather take a nap than open presents.