Photos » Recent Photos » Photo-a-day #347: December 13, 2011 - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Taken on: 2011-12-13 21:35:10

Along University Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin, there are a row of arborvitae trees that line the busy road in an area called Shorewood Hills. The trees were planted in 1983 and since 1993, the trees have been decorated with over 135,000 lights during the holiday season.

This year, a rather cheap and unscrupulous grinch decided they would chop down one of the trees for either their home or to make a statement (one of the green light ones, no less). Conspiracy theorists would argue that it was to garner donations for the effort (that costs $8,000 a year) but that might be a little crazy. Or is it?

Follow up: The Bruce company replaced the tree on December 16th, so the hole did not stay unlit there for long.