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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how much should you spend on one?

Do you revel in putting up your Christmas tree, gild your house with decorations and delight in seeing your local area lit up?

I have to admit, I’m all about Christmas interiors and in my opinion, the more the merrier.

I love meandering through the streets to see row among row of dancing lights above me and I make it my mission to visit the towering Christmas trees that feature across town.

And from the sounds of things, the people of Cardiff share that opinion, too.

Much to the disappointment of the city’s residents, a tree measuring 40ft instead of a promised 40m Christmas tree spectacular was plotted alongside Cardiff’s historic castle.

People have taken to social media in uproar about the tree, which is made solely of gold baubles, measuring in at around 12 metres – a far cry from expectation – and costing a whopping £30,000.

But others have said that people making a furore about the tree should start worrying more about the civil problems within the city such as homelessness and unemployment, rather than airing their opinions about tree decorations.

This got me thinking. It certainly doesn’t win any prizes for being the world’s most elaborate Christmas tree, that’s a given, and it might emulate a large tower of Ferrero Rocher, but nevertheless I can imagine that it will still bring joy to many of the city’s by passers. And isn’t that the true spirit of Christmas?

I agree that the tree doesn’t reflect its hefty price tag and, as one Twitter user put it, a myriad of Christmas trees could have been bought for that same amount.

But maybe we have become all too materialistic around this time, disassociating the real meaning of Christmas in our mad rush and panic to buy last minute gifts or in having the brightest outdoor lights on the street.

This time is for gathering perspective and being thankful for what we have.

I imagine Cardiff City Council will learn a thing or two from this for next year, but for now, if nothing else, let it provide a laugh or two for onlookers this festive season.

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