COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - While it didn't arrive with the pomp and circumstance that the Rockefeller Center tree does, the state Christmas tree was put up on display at the State House on Monday.
However, the tree's arrival has left a sour taste in the mouths of many citizens.
"It looks like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree," said Faye Jacobs. "All the branches are trimmed off. It's got a big hole in it."
"I just look and think we probably have a lot more beautiful trees in the South Carolina, North Carolina area," said Becca Woznick.
"I see a tree that's ready for some decorations and needing a little bit of help," said Beth Crocker.
As a matter of fact, this year's tree probably needs the kind of help that had to be conjured up in 2004. That was the year workers went too far trimming a South Carolina-grown Leyland Cypress.
The bottom had to be patched up with smaller trees and camouflaged with big boxes.
There was no such problem the following year - though some people weren't filled with holiday cheer by decorations that included two thousand blank CD's.
This time, we are told the tree came from Pennsylvania and it was more a case of 'you-get-what-you-pay-for.'
"It's a budget, so they were trying to go lower in cost with a lower tree and I think that's what we got," said Woznick.
Help is on the way. The Columbia Garden Club, which traditionally handles the state tree program, will be working with SCE&G to put up decorations on Wednesday. They will address whatever shortcomings the tree might have.