It's a special "thank you" from Nova Scotia.
Boston Christmas tree
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The most wonderful time of the year-Christmas-is coming to Beantown.

For the first time, Boston Common's Christmas Tree will make its way all the way from Cumberland County in Nova Scotia, Canada. Residents of Oxford Ross McKellar and Teresa Simpson are donating their 46-foot-tall white spruce for a 680-mile journey across the border to Boston. This is part of a longheld tradition between the communities of Boston and Nova Scotia.

"The Tree for Boston is one of our proudest traditions as we honour the kindness Boston showed us in our time of need," Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin said in a press release. "This year, we will mark the 101st anniversary of the Halifax Explosion at the Boston Tree Lighting on November 29."

SEE: What Boston's Christmas Tree Looked Like Last Year

This refers to the Halifax Explosion of 1917, which was the deadliest non-natural disaster in Canadian history. When the Norwegian ship SS Imo collided with SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship laden with explosives, the resulting fire devastated the community of Halifax. The city of Boston was the first to respond and send help. As a gift of gratitude, the community of Nova Scotia has sent a Christmas tree to their American friends since 1971.

This year's tree has a spectacular journey ahead: First, the community will congregate for a public cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 15 at 10:30 a.m. Afterwards, the tree will make a stop for public displays in Truro and Halifax: at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro on November 15 at 2 p.m. and a farewell parade in downtown Halifax on November 16 at 11:30 a.m. Lastly, the tree will make a one-day appearance in the Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights on November 17. At its destination, the tree will be debuted at the Boston Common lighting ceremony on November 29 at 7 p.m.

Feeling inspired? Watch how to decorate a coastal-inspired Christmas tree from top to bottom:


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