Bostonian Habits

Nova Scotia’s Boston Christmas Tree Tradition

Today’s lesson in not everything in what it seems.

Yesterday afternoon, I was perusing the We Love Beantown Twitter timeline when I came across a post linking to Boston’s Facebook page, noting the departure of the Common’s Christmas tree from its previous home in Nova Scotia.

Is this not America, I thought? I had to share my grievance:

We're getting a Canadian tree for the Common? Nooooooooooooo.
Dave Levy

It wasn’t long before a friend pointed out that I should check my derision at the door – after all, the tree is part of a nearly half-century long tradition of gratitude from the Nova Scotians.

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