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Bring back old fashioned Christmas lights

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I enjoyed the Snowflake Festival last Friday night. I was very impressed by the festivities and the number of people who showed even though the weather was not the greatest.

The one area which was disappointing for myself and for many others whom I spoke to at the festival was the lighting of our "main" Christmas tree outside of the community center. Now I understand the benefits of LED lighting, I understand the energy saving and low cost associated with them but they do not twinkle, they do not shine, they do not sparkle.

If the city would just put normal, old-style Christmas lights on the main tree, it would make such a huge difference. There was no awe when the tree was lit; the lights are so dim and spaced out you can barely see anything.

I remember being a child and loving the Christmas lights in our city. I loved the old bells and candlelights that were on St Albertís light posts. Now they are replaced with dimly lit LED snowflakes that are drowned out by a regular streetlight.

If the city could just give us one tree that sparkled and shined like old Christmas, it would make all the difference. Certainly they can find someplace in our ever rising taxes to accommodate that.

Elizabeth Denis, St. Albert


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