The Halifax Christmas Tree for Boston
Nova Scotia Thanks Boston for Help following the Halifax Explosion
The Christmas tree tradition began again in 1971, and every year since then the people of Nova Scotia have sent a large evergreen tree to Boston. The tree is erected on Boston Common and lighted in a ceremony that introduces the beginning of the holiday season for the city. Often the tree is donated by a family in memory of a relative who died in the 1917 explosion.
The tree usually comes from a private landowner but it is selected by the Nova Scotia Department of National Resources. Throughout the year, Nova Scotians notify the department if they have a tree that meets the specifications and would like to donate it. A forester visits the sites and makes a final selection. The specifications are:
- Balsam fir, white spruce, or red spruce.
- Forty to fifty feet tall.
- Healthy with good color.
- Medium to heavy density.
- Uniform and symmetrical.
- Easy to access.
Notice: This exhibit was created by Normajean N. Hultman, Historical Collections Assistant. For permission to reproduce any of the text or to make comments or suggestions, please contact a member of Historical Collections.