Just days ago, a crowd gathered to see the arrival of this year’s Christmas tree on the Boston Common. And next week, another crowd will gather on December 1 in order to watch the tree being lit.This year’s tree is a 47-foot tall white spruce, coming all the way from Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia has been donating the Boston Common Christmas tree for over 40 years. In 1917, two ships collided in Halifax Harbor and a massive explosion occurred, killing 2,000 people and injuring 9,000 more. The people of Boston immediately took action, donating food, medical supplies, and medical personnel to help the city. As a way of thanks, the city of Halifax eventually decided to donate a tree each year.
The continuing friendship between Halifax and Boston is representative of a larger friendship between the United States and Canada. The arrival ceremony featured a heavy Canadian presence, with Nova Scotian and Canadian flags on prominent display. The students of Mather Elementary School also came out to the ceremony. They have been participating in a cultural exchange with students in Nova Scotia, through letter-writing and Facetime.
Santa was also present at the ceremony, and will be again next Thursday for the 75th annual tree-lighting ceremony on Boston Common. Come out from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to see the tree fully decorated and lit, and begin the holiday season right.