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Friday, 18 April 2014 10:35 am

Council accused of being Christmas Grinch with decorations

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by Oren Oaariki, Bethany Pearson, Lauren Mann and Sam Duff

WELLINGTON City Council has been accused of being a Christmas Grinch after deciding not to decorate the city this festive season.

Instead the council would spend the $20,000, allocated for festive decorations, on several events and council-themed giveaways, such as a year supply of rubbish bags.

The Newswire team took to the streets of Wellington to find out what residents thought.

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  1. Really mean spirited I thought, like a slap in the face to the spirit of Christmas, the celebratory part of it, the visible difference that marks this time of year as distinctly different than the time and roles of usual daily life. There is something about the decorations that finds a reciprocation in people’s attitude towards one another in the street, in shops, in life in general. I had a hard time explaining repeatedly the lack of decorations to my American girlfriend who was already sorely missing the familiarity of the weather and spirit of the time. It was like we recognize nothing here about this time of the year, around which our calendar revolves and our nation was in part founded on (a form of Christianity of the West, notwithstanding all of the problematics and the history of that). A big mistake Wellington Council. Try harder, think deeper.

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