Nova Sco­tia pine has Mass. ap­peal


It was a colour­ful scene Thurs­day night as the Bos­ton Com­mon Christ­mas tree – a gift from the peo­ple of Nova Sco­tia – was of­fi­cially lit be­fore a crowd of thou­sands. – Photo Con­trib­uted by Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Nova Sco­tia

Bos­ton Com­mon is aglow in the bright colours of the Christ­mas hol­i­day sea­son.

Thurs­day night, the stately 46-ft. white spruce with Ox­ford, Nova Sco­tia roots was of­fi­cially lit up to the de­light of the large crowd on hand.

A tra­di­tion dat­ing back to 1971, the prov­ince an­nu­ally pro­vides the city of Bos­ton with its cen­tre­piece Christ­mas tree, mark­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. The ges­ture con­tin­ues to be a show of grat­i­tude to the Amer­i­can city for mo­bi­liz­ing a force of med­i­cal per­son­nel and sup­plies, which made its way north­ward to as­sist in the af­ter­math of the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion in De­cem­ber 1917.

In Bos­ton, un­der an im­pres­sive dis­play of fire­works and con­fetti swirling in the wind, thou­sands cel­e­brated the tree light­ing, count­ing down from 10, as Mayor Mar­tin J. Walsh flipped the switch. The night in­cluded a visit from Santa Claus and the singing of hol­i­day car­ols.


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