The holiday season isn’t for everyone. Not all of us are born full of whimsical spirit, as some of us tend to lean more towards grinch territory. The Eaton Centre’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony went off without a hitch this year thanks to the star power of its host Bianca Andreescu, and its draw of over 15,000 people. The event is about as close Torontonians can get to Santa’s village minus the city’s Christmas Market, which usually takes the cake for those of us who are all about yuletides and mistletoes. However, despite the tree's continued success, some think the ceremony needs to just stop already.
A disgruntled Reddit post with the title caption “I regret to inform you all the Eaton Centre Pylon is back,” showcased just how strongly some Torontonians dislike the ceremony.
The comment thread of the post quickly filled up with residents complaining about the look of the tree, which many compared to a giant traffic pylon.
"It really is just awful. I don't know when this started happening, but something went very wrong when we decided that a geometric cone should represent the Christmas season. And crimson red? What is this holiday horror?” wrote one user.
“Who on earth, ever, thinks this is remotely acceptable as a Christmas tree?” added another.
However, the fact that the tree had some of the city’s residents cringing didn’t appear to affect the actual celebration itself.
After all, hundreds of Torontonians did show up early to get a good spot for the official start of the holiday season.
Andreescu was all smiles as she hosted the nostalgic event. "I remember actually coming last year to watch this being lit up," Andreescu told CBC during the ceremony. "Now, being able to do it is really incredible."
"Now I'm back home, and I'm just really hoping I can celebrate Christmas at home, have a white Christmas, hopefully," she added while talking about her plans for the future.