The season of giving is alive and well in Nova Scotia. As part of a yearly tradition, the province is sending a Christmas tree to a U.S. city to show gratitude and it’s so sweet. The Nova Scotia Tree for Boston will make its way to the city for a special tree lighting celebration.
A massive 44-foot Christmas tree has been cut down in Nova Scotia so that the province can send it to Boston to say thank you for everything they did to help after the Halifax Explosion back in 1917.
Right after the explosion, the province donated a Christmas tree as a thank you. But this tradition really kicked into gear back in 1971 when the first coniferous gift since the explosion was sent and the gesture has been kept up every year since.
For 2019, Desmond Waite and Corina Saunders were the proud donors.
The white spruce met all the criteria needed like being between 40 and 50 feet tall, having good colour, being symmetrical, and being easy to access.
Now their donation is on its way to stand tall and proud in Boston Common.
The 44-foot tall white spruce was cut down on November 13 but it didn’t go as smoothly as planned.
According to the CBC, heavy rain that day made for muddy conditions and the crane that was supposed to lift the massive Christmas decoration onto a truck for transport actually got stuck for a moment.
But that wasn’t enough to stop this annual tradition that honours Boston.
On December 6, 1917, two wartime ships collided in the Halifax Harbour and caused an explosion that killed almost 2,000 people and left many others injured and homeless.
When word got to Boston about what had happened, people were immediately sent to help.
Because of that, Nova Scotia sends a tree there every year.
"Nova Scotia will never forget the support, kindness and quick response the people of Boston provided after the explosion," the province stated online.
Following a send-off in Halifax on November 15 and an appearance at a holiday parade there the next day, the gift will make its way to Boston, a 1,100-kilometre journey.
The white spruce donated by Waite and Saunders will arrive in the city on November 19.
An official lighting ceremony will happen on December 5 in Boston Common.
"The Tree for Boston is about gratitude, friendship and harmony," said Iain Rankin, Nova Scotia Lands and Forestry Minister, to CTV News. "We continue to honour Boston for their kindness during our time of need following the Halifax Explosion 102 years ago."
Nova Scotia is always looking for potential candidates for the Tree for Boston. So if you have a white or red spruce or a balsam fir and want to be a part of this tradition, go here to find out what you have to do.