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Gift Tag Reads: From: Nova Scotia To: Boston

23 Dec

I just learned about Nova Scotia giving Boston a big tree every Christmas. Absolutely amazing. Let me tell you about it.

Christmas Tree for Boston from Nova Scotia.

Christmas Gift for Boston from Nova Scotia.

Since 1971, Nova Scotia has given a Christmas tree to the people of the City of Boston in gratitude for their help and support after the Halifax Explosion in 1917. You can read my post on it at https://tkmorin.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/halifaxs-worst-explosions-tsunami-and-snow/

In 1918, Halifax sent a Christmas tree to the City of Boston in thanks and remembrance for the help that the Boston Red Cross and the Massachusetts Public Safety Committee had provided immediately after the disaster. That gift was revived in 1971 by the Lunenburg County Christmas Tree Producers Association, who began an annual donation of a large tree to promote Christmas tree exports as well as to acknowledge Boston’s support after the explosion. The gift was later taken over by the Nova Scotia Government to continue the goodwill gesture as well as to promote trade and tourism.

The tree is Boston’s official Christmas tree and is lit on Boston Common throughout the holiday season. Knowing its symbolic importance to both cities, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources has specific guidelines for selecting the tree. It must be an attractive balsam fir, white spruce or red spruce, 12 to 16 metres (40 to 50 ft) tall, healthy with good colour, medium to heavy density, uniform and symmetrical and easy to get access to.

This year, John and Ethel Ann MacPherson of Purlbrook, Antigonish Co., are donating the tree for Nova Scotia to give to the city of Boston.

The 13-metre (43-foot) white spruce is about 55 years old. It was cut during a festive public ceremony Monday, Nov. 17. Each year, the Nova Scotia tree for Boston stands proudly in Boston Common throughout the holidays. The annual event attracts more than 30,000 people each year and 300,000 more tune in to watch the live televised event on ABC.

The Nova Scotian government is always looking for the best tree to send to Boston. If you think you have what they want, here are the criteria and ways to get in touch: If you have or know of a white or red spruce or balsam fir with the following characteristics we want to hear from you.

Here’s some of the criteria we look for:

Twelve to fifteen meters (40-50 feet) in height
Healthy with good colour
Medium to heavy density
Uniform and symmetrical
Easy to access.

Please take a photo to the nearest Department of Natural Resources Office or send one to Tim Whynot at whynottw@gov.ns.ca Tim can also be reached at 424-3615.

To read more about this special Christmas gift and its origin, I highly recommend clicking your way to Nova Scotia Government information pages; you can follow the tree’s transport via twitter and facebook. A few media site that have covered it this year are the CTV News Atlantic, the CBC News and the Bostinno.

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17 responses to “Gift Tag Reads: From: Nova Scotia To: Boston

  1. Christy Birmingham

    December 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I had not heard of this tradition until now!

     
    • tkmorin

      December 28, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      I hadn’t either! And yet, i feel like i should have. Weird, eh? πŸ™‚

       
  2. The Canadian Cats

    December 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    This was very interesting…I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t even know Boston helped after the 1917 explosion. Thanks my friend. You shone a wee light in the cob webbed corners of my mind. hehe

    Jean

     
    • tkmorin

      December 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Jean! Yeah, i like those webbed corners as well πŸ™‚

       
  3. seeker

    December 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Merry Christmas, Teri and Rufus. Love Maurice, Lucy and P.

     
    • tkmorin

      December 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      I hope you are having a great Christmas, too! πŸ™‚

       
  4. purrfectkitties

    December 24, 2014 at 7:51 am

    That’s a PAWSOME tradition! Merry meowy CATmas to you! Enjoy your holidays! πŸ™‚ xx Roxy & Tigerlino ❀

     
    • tkmorin

      December 24, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Merry Christmas!! πŸ™‚

       
  5. Gypsy Bev

    December 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    What a fantastic tradition between our two countries. Would like to watch it being cut and transported. Thanks for telling the story.

     
    • tkmorin

      December 24, 2014 at 9:10 am

      You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

       
  6. onepageeveryday.

    December 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Love it!

     
  7. alesiablogs

    December 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    such a lovely story.

     
    • tkmorin

      December 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Makes me proud!

       
  8. Yvonne

    December 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I just had a prowl through the Facebook page and loved it.

     
    • tkmorin

      December 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      I hope to remember next year in time to catch it!

       
  9. Yvonne

    December 23, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    What a great tradition. It must take a big truck to carry that size of tree.

    Thank you for your excellent posts, I look forward to more of the same next year.

     
    • tkmorin

      December 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you, Yvonne! And I will certainly try my best. I enjoy writing it!

       

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