The tree, which was a mainstay of the Christmas season at the Eastbrook Mall (now known as the Shops at CenterPoint) back in the '70s, is a fond memory for many, but some say they were afraid of it.

While doing a Christmas deep dive on the net, I came across this photo of Tilly, posted on the Grand Rapids subreddit.

After talking to some folks who grew up here, some had fond memories of Tilly, others say they were afraid of the tree, who had a live person inside, and would interact with kids.

Even the comments on the photo on Reddit say the tree is a little scary looking. And Christmas trees talking to you are a spooky proposition. But maybe if they had a little comedy routine like the trees below, it would be less intense for kids.

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