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    University of Alabama student wears Christmas tree costume around campus after her tweet goes viral

    FILE - This photo from Wednesday Nov. 30, 2016 shows the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree as it stands lit during the 84th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York. After it was taken down the 94-foot Norway spruce was milled into lumber and trucked 50 miles north again to Newburgh,N.Y., where Habitat for Humanity volunteers recently used the planks to fix up two brick-front homes. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
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    Tempted to assume you’ll never have a tweet go viral? Post a picture of yourself dressed as a Christmas tree just weeks before Christmas, and it might.

    Kelsey Hall, a student at the University of Alabama, learned the hard way not to underestimate the power of the Internet when she tweeted a photo of herself on Saturday with the caption, “1,000 retweets and I’ll wear this to all my classes for the rest of the semester.”

    Perhaps rather expectedly, the tweet took off.


    By Wednesday morning, it had nearly 23,000 retweets and more than 36,000 favorites.

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    Hall held up her end of the bargain. On Monday, her friend posted a video of her walking on campus in her holiday-spirited Christmas tree costume.

    Tuesday didn’t go as smoothly. Rainy weather meant the costume got wet, and Hall was less than thrilled.

    By Tuesday night, the University of Alabama mascot, Big Al, had found her and snapped a photo with her.

    So far, Hall appears to be sticking to her promise.


    But she’s not without regret.

    “‘What’s your biggest regret in life?’” she tweeted Sunday before the costume-wearing began. “This.”

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