OK, someone has taken a lot of time to make known what everyone already knows: the Port McNeill Christmas tree was not great! Every year it is a crapshoot as to what tree will arrive in town; this year was not a good one.
It should be noted that if you are complaining to the Town and the Chamber of Commerce you barking up the wrong the tree! The Town provides no support or money for the tree. The Chamber provides moral support only, but again, no money. So it is due to the goodwill of volunteers that there is even a Christmas tree downtown.
Every year I organize everything that has to happen and I get what I get. I have old lights to work with and if I use too many I blow the fuses. There are no ladders or buckets to get around the tree so the lights go on vertically while the tree is on the ground; it is the only practical solution.
But the most important piece of information is, I don’t put up the tree for you or any other adults of Port McNeill, nor for the Town or the Chamber – I put up the tree for the kids. Not one kid has ever looked up at any of the Christmas trees past when lit up and said, “That tree sucks.”
No, they look up at this big tree covered in lights and are amazed and then Santa shows up and their Christmas is in full swing. For all the people that want a $10,000 Christmas tree, that won’t happen in this town. And all the guys in town should buy the volunteers a beer, because no matter what they bring home for a Christmas Tree, they can always say, “At least it is better than the one downtown!”
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!