Boston’s holiday season started in full swing with the annual Christmas tree lighting last Thursday, December 2, on Boston Common. The City and private individuals have paid for the lighting of the trees on Boston Common since 1910. According to Boston legend, Mayor John Fitzgerald brought the first Christmas tree to the Common to be lit as a public celebration. Christmas tree lighting ceremonies have occurred through the ages, marking the beginning of the holiday season.
Since 1972, the people of Nova Scotia have given the people of Boston a tree as a thank-you for their aid to the City of Halifax on December 6, 1917. That year, a munitions ship collided with another ship in Halifax Harbor, creating an explosion that destroyed most of the city. Massachusetts’ residents were the first relief workers to make it through a terrible snowstorm to aid the city. This gift is a fantastic way to commemorate the history and partnership between the two cities.
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