OB Christmas Tree ‘christened’ by Charlie Brown

by on December 2, 2009 · 42 comments

in Ocean Beach

Christmas Tree 2009 001-sm

OCEAN BEACH, CA.  The Christmas Tree for Ocean Beach went up at the foot of Newport Avenue, as one does every year.

This year several people suggested to me that it’s a real “Charlie Brown” tree.  It appears to be missing some limbs or was damaged in transit. Nevertheless, it was put up and adorned by the traditional balloons.

OBceans are proud of it anyway, those that appreciate the effort.  Some in OB don’t even want there to be a tree.  Yet many do, and the Tree will tower over the annual Holiday Parade – one of OB’s most favorite events – this Saturday, December 5th.

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avatar BillRayDrums December 3, 2009 at 2:29 am

At first I was like “whaaa?” And now I kinda like it. It’s “unique”. Just like OB. :D


avatar claudia j December 3, 2009 at 6:16 am

Frank, thank you for the positive comment…Some people are so Negative & live under a rock & can be so cruel but with Holiday Spirit, I feel are Tree has character & someone told be yesterday not all trees are the same… Some people have to realize this is the only Tree some people have.. Yesterday I had a little boy come to me & say, I can’t wait till my OB Class comes to the Tree to see Santa & I’ll get my picture taken with my class… We will treat this Tree with Pride, even it is a Charlie Brown Tree… Just remember all the wonderful things that the OB Christmas Tree Festival Committee does for the Community with PRIDE….. From what I hear the town across the bridge doesn’t even have a Community Tree or a PARADE…. Real OB people are SPECIAL…. Happy Charlie Brown Christmas to all of You!!!!! xo claudia (chair of the Tree Festival) PS I invite everyone to jump on the Magical Mystery Charlie Brown Tree Tour……


avatar Shawn Conrad December 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

I want in on the Magical Mystery Charlie Brown Tree Tour please


avatar bodysurferbob December 3, 2009 at 6:54 am

claudia j has a soft spot for kids and homeless people. a very big-hearted woman.


avatar jettyboy December 3, 2009 at 8:11 am

Kinda magical. Where else do candy canes hang in mid air? Must be one of those OB Wiccans using magic for good.


avatar Pat December 3, 2009 at 8:23 am

It’s so OB.
I’m proud of it, and I shall embrace it.


avatar Patty Jones December 3, 2009 at 9:18 am

I expect a picture of you with your arms around it!


avatar DB December 3, 2009 at 8:45 am

WOW! When I looked down Newport I thought my eyes had deceived me. Really if you’re going to kill a living tree… make it a good one! I understand the need to be positive, but really that’s one of the worst trees I’ve ever seen at the end of Newport… and there have been plenty of stinkers.


avatar Shawn Conrad December 3, 2009 at 9:02 am

It looks like what I just picked up from the alternative wellness center. I approve.


avatar Frank Gormlie December 3, 2009 at 9:37 am

Shawn, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT smoke pine needles. I think I tried ’em back in the Seventies.


avatar Shawn Conrad December 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

I will smoke the OB Christmas tree if I want.


avatar Dickie December 3, 2009 at 7:01 pm

no that was some kind of silly moss or something . . .


avatar Frank Gormlie December 4, 2009 at 8:55 am

Yeah, and the idea as I recall was from your tree-hugging friend Vermont Dave.


avatar mr fresh December 4, 2009 at 9:28 am

that explains a lot. most of us gave up after banana peels.


avatar Danny Morales December 3, 2009 at 9:11 am

“Yule can put cloves on a ham but it’s still a pig!” – Jesus Pagan


avatar Pagan Jesus December 3, 2009 at 10:27 am

I am Pagan Jesus. I approve this message, and the OB Devilmas tree.


avatar r hoobler December 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

only in Godless Ocean Beach would people tolerate such an abomination as a “holiday” tree. you people are so stoned that you don’t even notice the missing branches or the conspiracy to keep Christ out of Christmas. may you burn in hell.


avatar Shawn Conrad December 3, 2009 at 10:26 am

r hoobler,

Why does your avatar look like Obama having an orgasm?

You can’t take Christ out of Christmas or you just have mas, and that is just plain dumb.


avatar BillRayDrums December 3, 2009 at 10:44 am

Nice troll. People, don’t feed the bitter angry trolls. He’s probably from the Onion-Tribune looking for inspiration. :D


avatar rhonni December 3, 2009 at 10:14 am

hoobler, nice talk for a godly man. did jesus tell you to say that?


avatar JPinSD December 3, 2009 at 10:32 am

So what happened to the tree? Was it damaged in transit?


avatar Pagan Jesus December 3, 2009 at 10:51 am

We broke a piece off of it for our homies that cannot be with us this Satanmas.


avatar Pat December 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm

r hoobler
If anybodys going to burn in hell it’s going to be you.


avatar obsteven December 3, 2009 at 2:29 pm

The tree is screwed. But it’s OUR tree. I will love it because maybe no one else will. I don’t think it’s an evil tree like that tree in Poltergeist. I don’t think it’s evil like the kite eating tree. It’s just a tree that got real messed up on it’s way to Ocean Beach. Come to think of it, so did I.


avatar mr fresh December 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

gosh, hoobler sure sounds like a cranky sob. anybody got any ideas for presents other than coal (it’s so 20th century) for the old coot?


avatar doug porter December 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm

ask & ye shall receive, mr fresh. funny you should ask. we’ve got just the perfect presents for hoobie… as soon as Frank posts my next article.


avatar Pagan Jesus December 3, 2009 at 3:12 pm

What about some water? He could change it into whine!


avatar fstued December 3, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I saw the tree being set this morning and was shocked at first but then realized this is OB and it is our tree and it is geat, different perhaps, but so is OB and that is why I like it here DIFFERENT. Good job Claudia and the rest of the tree crew. thanks Stu


avatar Lisanob December 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Tree is fine…..VERY OB……

Congrats to all of the volunteer people of the hamlet of OB who worked on making the entire OB Christmas festival unique and special

note….PB had to cancel theirs….


avatar masimons December 4, 2009 at 8:37 am

When I first saw it Tuesday, I immediately thought of Charlie Brown.
But come on, something that sad shouldn’t have been put up.
Rather have a good 12′ tree than that sad thing.
And don’t remember the fence around it last year.


avatar Dave Gilbert December 4, 2009 at 10:01 am

It was cool hangin’ on the seawall yesterday and watchin’ the sunset with the bunkin’…but as I looked just to the North of us, I gotta say that…out of all of the Charlie Brown Christmas Trees, the one at the foot of Newport is (and I mean this with all the love in the world) “the Charlie Browniest”. ;)


avatar OB SNOB December 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I think it is cool to have real hypodermic needles for the kids to play with in the playzone. OB is always keepin it real.


avatar Dave Sparling December 4, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I have a nice video of the Charlie Brown tree and two illegally parked cop cars on facebok. Check it out, OB Rag and I are friends.


avatar clubstyle_dj December 6, 2009 at 7:26 am

Is the parade still going on? Man was that long… Macy’s aint got nothing on OB. fer sure. Maybe dial it back a bit next year? Loved it and my 3yr old new home town anyway.
Merry Christmas
Happy NewYear
ClubstyleDJ Entertainment


avatar Danny Morales December 6, 2009 at 8:03 am

Yo Club, – Give me a goes on forever OB Holiday Parade to wade amongst the people and ride their swells of joy. It did, however, lack the Saturnalia vibe that groups like The Brightonians, OBGO and others brought into the mix. The delayed start time coupled with the security forces sweeping people off “whose streets our streets” at the end made it suck the “J” outta joy. Does anybody remember how long the 4th of July fireworks used to be? How’s about the Street Fair? Oy, for the luv of $****ucks I could go on forever…but a good parade trumps a Charlie Browntree any day.

Peace and Love,


avatar doug porter December 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

look for our coverage of the parade sometime soon. (there’s a lot of good football on Tv today)


avatar Lisanob December 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Ok….I looked into this further just to find out for myself….

So the word is this…. Nice, pretty, tall, perfect trees can cost as much as $3000….

OB Tree Festival Committee gets theirs donated every year in order to have more money to give back to the community through donations and to help pay for parade.

I get that.

So…..If Charlie Brown Tree helps out the less-fortunate and needy people have a Christmas during tough times….then I support that and LOVE this little piece of OBness.

Tis the Season people….



avatar Mary E. Mann December 6, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I am so glad you put these picture up! I needed documented proof for my disbelieving midwest kinsfolk. A true christmas tree – flawed, oddly decorated, and loveable.


avatar Amber Conley December 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

We love it!
Lesson to my 8 year old;
“We don’t dislike anything because its not perfect. ”
The uniqueness of our 2009 OB Tree will just make us
remember it better!


avatar Frank Gormlie December 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Amber, nice. Thanx for all your efforts. OB Parade story will be here soooon.
It’s always great to hear from ya, Mary.
Lisaob – thanks for the update. Anytime you want to say sumptin, come on by.


avatar masimons December 7, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I figured its easier to go for the worst Christmas tree in the U.S. than it is for the best.


avatar Dana December 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

This one was my favorite so far.


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