BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – The 2021 Boston Common Christmas tree was revealed on Monday.
The 60-year-old, 48-foot white spruce is from Orangedale in Nova Scotia. The tree was donated by the landowner L’Arche Cape Breton Community, a non-profit organization that works with people with developmental disabilities.
Nova Scotia sends the City of Boston a Christmas tree every year that is displayed on the Boston Common.
The tradition stems from the Hailfax Explosion where two ships collided in Hailfax Harbor on December 6, 1917.
The explosion killed nearly 2,000 people and left hundreds severely injured and homeless, according to the project's website.
Boston sent immediate help to the Nova Scotians following the event and as a token of their generosity, the province gives Boston a Christmas tree every year.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Tree for Boston Tradition and the 104th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.