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Shopping Mall Ditches Christmas Tree to Give Santa Something Else to Sit Under That You Probably Won't Believe — and Ye Olde Backlash Is Swift

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"... you have to be kidding me. What is that? This is awful."

The SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, had decided to break with tradition this holiday season and give Santa Claus a brand new place where tiny tots with their eyes all aglow could visit him.

And that meant no Christmas tree — but a way cool glacier!

As you might imagine, the reaction to the new Santa experience wasn't very positive:

Who needs a silly tree when you have, well, um...

A song even hit social media blasting the display:

A petition soon hit the Internet, which gathered over 22,000 signatures:

The mall finally got the message:

(H/T: Twitchy)

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