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  • A U.K. mayor made an impromptu speech at the local Christmas tree lighting event. 1 / 8

    Christmas tree
  • But her words didn't spark the magic of Christmas, instead she did the opposite. 2 / 8

    Child at tree lighting
  • Mayor Christine Jeffries told kids that Santa didn't have time to deliver their toys this year. 3 / 8

    Grinch
  • Like a regular Scrooge, she told them that their parents would actually set out the presents. 4 / 8

    Ebenezer Scrooge
  • The kids were surprised and parents were aghast. 5 / 8

    Home Alone surprise moment
  • Christmas tree lightings are supposed to be family-friendly fun events, but this one didn't start off the season right. 6 / 8

    Christmas tree and Santa
  • Fireworks ended the ceremony, and the speech may have ended the mayor's political career. 7 / 8

    Town tree lighting and fireworks
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