Every city has its Christmas traditions that locals look forward to every year. Toronto has its towering 108-ft tree at the Eaton Centre, Calgary has its annual ZOOLIGHTS, and Dartmouth has Woody the talking Christmas tree.
While Toronto and Calgary’s displays have gotten rave reviews, the same cannot really be said about Woody. He may be near and dear to the hearts of Nova Scotians, but Canadians in other provinces aren’t sure what to make of the guy.
After a 15-year hiatus, Woody has finally returned to his rightful place at Dartmouth’s Mic Mac Mall this holiday season, debuting a brand new human-like face complete with a talking mouth, moving eyes, and a voice, reports Saltwire.
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Hundreds of people showed up to give a warm welcome to Woody, who was a fixture at the mall every holiday season for 20 years. Sadly, Woody began falling apart and malfunctioning. He was eventually deemed a “safety hazard” and thrown in the trash in 2006, according to CBC.
Miraculously, Woody was given a second chance at life after the mall was bought by a new owner, who promised to bring back the tradition. The reunion was a sentimental one for Nova Scotians with fond holiday memories of the talking tree.
“To say I wept when I saw the picture today of woody being set back up after being in retirement would be an understatement. This tree was a Nova Scotian Christmas treasure when I was a child,” one person tweeted.
Our local mall Christmas 🎄 nightmare is back after 15 years.
Woody The Talking Christmas Tree pic.twitter.com/oFlm8Z5tmK
— Creep Your Socks Off Podcast (@rocketfromthe) November 20, 2021
However, people on social media aren’t as charmed by Woody as the locals of Dartmouth. One tweet calls him “Absolutely Creepy as heck,” and another tweet deemed him “stunningly terrifying 11/10.” One tweet even compares Woody to the giant evil doll in Squid Game.
As someone not even in Nova Scotia… that giant tree Woody at Micmac mall is creepy AF.
— Paula (She/Her) (@Miramichimama) November 20, 2021
At least the locals of Dartmouth know how controversial and misunderstood Woody can be.
Name something that folks from away will never fully appreciate, but everyone in Nova Scotia goes apeshit for.
I’ll go first:
Woody the Christmas Tree.
— 🏴☠️Kenny Sharp🏴☠️ 👨🏻🔬🐟📊💉💉 (@kwasharp) November 20, 2021
There’s a string divide between the people of Nova Scotia about whether Woody the the Christmas tree is an important part of our heritage or an absolute abomination
— Lab Waste (@Milkjelly5) November 20, 2021
Love him or hate him, Woody is enjoying a well-deserved moment in the spotlight this Christmas.