READING, Pa. (AP) – An eastern Pennsylvania mayor has reluctantly signed off on a plan to erect a 35-foot tall artificial tree in order to avoid a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree controversy like one that erupted two years ago.

The Reading Eagle reports Mayor Wally Scott is a fan of natural trees, but wanted to avoid the stir caused when Reading city workers erected a scraggly real tree two years ago. The tree was first ridiculed then embraced by residents, which reminded fans and critics of the scrawny tree featured in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

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The artificial tree will boast 1,250 ornaments, more than 1,900 lights and a 5-foot star.

The FirstEnergy Foundation is donating $17,000 with the Downtown Improvement District paying the rest, nearly $4,400.

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The tree should last 15 to 20 years.

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