The problem with using a real Christmas tree which is planted in the ground as the focal point of your communal festive is that it grows between years, a conundrum which faced operatives from Calderdale Council who came to dress the tree at Bailiff Bridge in Yorkshire.
Due to the tree growing significantly larger, ‘elf and safety concerns, and accessibility problems, a Council spokesperson explained, those who had been sent to spruce up the spruce could only decorate the lower third of the tree. The result is that it looks a bit naff and has caused a local storm in a strong cup of Yorkshire tea.
In what might be seen as a metaphor of the current state of England, the lights are on but shining dimly and all the authorities can do is promise that things will be better next year, when the Council will provide the villagers with a new tree. Jam tomorrow, indeed.