Boston will receive a very special Christmas present from Christmas Island in N.S.

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Boston will receive a very special Christmas present from Christmas Island in NL.

A 45ft tall white spruce tree has been cut on Christmas Island.

Nova Scotia's annual Christmas gift to the city of Boston comes from…Christmas Island!

On Wednesday morning, a 45-foot-tall white spruce tree was felled in the Cape Breton community on the shores of Bras d'Or Lake.

The huge Christmas tree is a gift for the people of Boston who provided medical personnel and supplies to Nova Scotia after the Halifax Explosion 105 years ago.

Nova Scotia giveaway hit the road in Boston on Wednesday.

On December 6, 1917, the Mont-Blanc, a French ammunition ship, and the Imo, a Norwegian steamship carrying Belgian relief supplies, collided in the port of D' Halifax.

It is the worst disaster in Canadian history. It left 2,000 dead and 9,000 injured. In addition to casualties, two square miles of the city were razed by the blast.

The first tree was donated to Boston in 1971 by Joseph Slauenwhite of Lunenburg County.

This year the tree was donated by Roddy Townsend, who owns the land on Christmas Island, and his children Angela, Carmen and Andrew.

Angela MacNeil, Roddy Townsend's daughter, mentioned that the land originally belonged to her mother's family.

Our mother always said : ''Oh my God, aren't these the most beautiful Christmas trees?'' she said at the time of the spruce cut.

I think it's majestic, she believes.

The tree will leave Halifax on November 21 for its 1100 kilometer journey to Massachusetts. A White Spruce Lighting Ceremony will be held in Boston on December 1 at 7 p.m.

Based on a report by Brett Ruskin, CBC< /em>

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