In some parts of Canada it’s Christmas all year long, like in Reindeer Station (Northwest Territories), Christmas Island (Nova Scotia), Sled Lake (Saskatchewan), Holly (Ontario), Noel (Nova Scotia), Turkey Point (Ontario), and Snowflake (Manitoba).
Christmas traditions throughout Canada are as varied as its multicultural background. The Inuit have “Sinck Tuck,” a big dance party. Newfoundland has ice sculptures, thanks to 12-14 feet of snow every year. In the north, there’s a there’s a taffy pull in honour of Saint Catherine. Maritimers go “mummering” for treats. In Quebec there’s “Le Fete de Roi,” where they have ‘ragoût aux pattes de cochons.’ And in Nova Scotia there’s lobster, lobster and more lobster and turkey and all that stuff, too but oh, the lobster, and the clams and the mussles and the cod…
Another Nova Scotia tradition is the gifting of the province’s biggest, best Christmas tree to Boston, a tradition started in 1919 in thanks to the people of Boston for their aid following the deadly explosion in December, 1917, known as The Halifax Explosion, which destroyed much of the city. The tree is Boston’s official Christmas tree and is lit on Boston Common throughout the holiday season. The tree is so important to the people of Nova Scotia that people have cried over it, argued about it, even penned songs in its honor. You can follow the tree here! This year’s tree is about 54 years old and comes from the home of Millcove, Lunenburg, NS resident Mary Lou Milligan.
Q: Where in Nova Scotia does this year’s Christmas tree for Boston come from?
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