This year Nova Scotia is celebrating the 40th year of an annual tradition — sending an evergreen gift to say ‘thank you’ to the people of Boston. Ken and Donna Spinney of Central Argyle, Yarmouth County, are providing Nova Scotia’s big Christmas tree http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/christmastrees/bostontree.asp for Boston this year.
Every Christmas, since 1971, Nova Scotia has sent the city of Boston a large evergreen tree to thank the people of that city for their help after the devastating Halifax Explosion of December 6, 1917. http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/explosion/default.asp
Boston provided medical personnel and supplies to help treat explosion victims. This year's tree is a 45 foot white spruce. The tree will be cut down during a public ceremony on November 15th at 11am.
The tree cutting ceremony will include the participation of students from three Yarmouth County elementary schools, a town crier declaration, and a storytelling and poetry presentation about the Boston tree. The tree will be cut and lowered onto a flatbed truck bearing a large, blue sign that reads “The Nova Scotia Tree for Boston”. The truck will depart that day to board the ferry at Digby and cross the Bay of Fundy, continue through New Brunswick, Maine, and down into Massachusetts.
Elementary students and all Nova Scotians will be encouraged to track the truck’s progress online via updates posted on this page. The Nova Scotia tree is erected and decorated on the Boston Common and lighted at a ceremony attracting about 30 thousand people and broadcast live on television.
Nova Scotia is known internationally for the high quality Christmas Trees grown in the province and exported widely. The Christmas Tree business has a long history in Nova Scotia http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/christmastrees/tradition.asp and has grown to be a significant industry in Nova Scotia.