In 1918, Halifax sent a Christmas tree to the City of Boston to thank them for their kindness. That gift was revived in 1971 and continues today.
The 2012 tree is a 50 foot white spruce, donated by the Hick's family in Jordan Bay, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia.
It is approximately 70 years old. The tree was taken down during a tree cutting ceremony Nov. 13th. A crowd of elementary students, friends, neighbours, and media watched as the Hicks's tree was lowered.
The tree was put on a long truck and draped with Nova Scotia flags on each side. It was trucked through the town of Shelburne. After a ferry ride across Fundy Bay, it traveled south to Boston.
Thousands are expected at the official Boston Tree lighting ceremony, Nov. 29th, on Boston Common. It will be broadcast live on Boston's ABC station – WCVB.