Boston Christmas tree coming from Oxford
For the first time, Nova Scotia’s annual Christmas tree gift to Boston is coming from Cumberland County.
Ross McKellar and Teresa Simpson from Oxford are donating the 14-metre tall white spruce that will soon begin its 1,100-kilometre journey to Boston.
In July, McKellar and Simpson were approached by the province of Nova Scotia and told that their tree was in the running for the trip to Boston.
“When we found out in the first part of August that it was selected, we were very honoured,” said Simpson.
Simpson is happy the tree is coming from Oxford.
“It will be nice to have Oxford on the map for something other than a sinkhole,” said Simpson with a laugh. “It’s very exciting for the town, as well as for our family.”
Since 1971, the tree has been given as part of the annual thank you to Boston for sending medical personnel and supplies when nearly 2,000 people were killed and hundreds more were left injured and homeless by the Halifax Explosion in early December 1917.
“The Tree for Boston is one of our proudest traditions as we honour the kindness Boston showed us in our time of need,” said Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin. “This year, we will mark the 101st anniversary of the Halifax Explosion at the Boston Tree Lighting on Nov. 29.”
The tree will be celebrated here at a public cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
Students from the Oxford Regional Education Centre will attend the ceremony to learn about the Halifax Explosion. After the ceremony, the tree will stop in Truro and Halifax. It will then be on public display at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro, on Nov. 15, at 2 p.m.
There will be a public farewell at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Grand Parade in downtown Halifax.
The tree will also appear in the Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 17.
It’s expected it will also make a quick stop in Amherst on Nov. 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Superstore parking lot prior to crossing the New Brunswick border on its way to Boston.
The tree lighting at the Boston Common is Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.
The annual event attracts more than 30,000 people to the ceremony in downtown Boston, while another 300,000, or more, tune in on television.
For more information and important dates regarding the Tree for Boston, visit www.novascotia.ca/treeforboston and follow Tree for Boston on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Ross McKellar and Teresa Simpson of Oxford have donated the 14-metre tall white spruce to Boston that continues a tradition that sees a Nova Scotia tree given to the U.S. to say thanks for sending medical personnel and supplies to Halifax following the Halifax Explosion in 1917. -Communications Nova Scotia