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852 Thai children set human Christmas tree record

Thailand Human Christmas Tree

BANGKOK (AP) - Christmas is not a holiday in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, and its palm trees outnumber pines, but the country still set a world record with its holiday spirit.

One of the country's largest shopping malls arranged a publicity stunt involving 852 schoolchildren dressed in green and red hoodies to break the Guinness World Record for the largest human Christmas tree. They outdid a German record of 672 participants in 2011.

To the relief of parents, and the chagrin of a few teenagers, the children were not hoisted onto a human pyramid shaped like a conifer.

It was more an exercise in crowd control, grouping the assembled 6- to 15-year-olds into a tree-like formation on the ground.

"I kind of thought we'd get to stand on each other's shoulders," said 13-year-old Nattakit Liewkulnattana. Like most participants at the event, he doesn't celebrate Christmas. He wasn't sure whose birthday the holiday marks ("Santa Claus?") but was excited to take part in a world record, and maybe get something in return.

"I want presents!" the teen said. All participants got to keep their hoodies.

The record was set in 15 minutes, 29 seconds.

Guinness representative Fortuna Burke certified the feat, counting on a clicker as children filed onto an outdoor verandah at Siam Paragon mall, the event's organizer. Once in place, the children waved as a drone flew overhead to capture aerial images.

Although Christmas does not appear on Thai calendars and is a regular workday, hotels and shopping malls decorate starting in mid-November for what is a big shopping season during Thailand's peak tourism months.

Thais also set other off-beat records this year. On Valentine's Day, a couple set a record for longest kiss (58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds). Also in February, nearly 4,483 people swung hula hoops for seven minutes, a record for the most people dancing with hula hoops simultaneously in one place.

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Associated Press writer Thanyarat Doksone contributed to this report.

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Chris November 22 2013 at 8:14 AM

How many HP readers are going to be offended that the article is calling it a Christmas tree?

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ngagnon558 Chris November 22 2013 at 8:55 AM

if those Thai children had been in DC instead of Bangkok, they would have had to set the record for human "holiday" tree....
nice helmet btw

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madfam004 November 22 2013 at 8:52 AM

The naacp already filed a compalint about the Christmas spirit in Taiwan.

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impexlink November 22 2013 at 8:32 AM

It is what it is

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madfam004 November 22 2013 at 8:49 AM

For a minute I thought it was just another crop circle.

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ngagnon558 November 22 2013 at 8:57 AM

the Atheists in Bangkok must be having a COW right about now....
How dare those Thai children set a record for human "Christmas" Tree??
oh my bad....there are no atheists in Thailand.....guess we should ship a few over there and let the Thai's use them to set a record for "human piniatas"

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