The Christmas tree

This is the Christmas tree at the Trafalgar Square.

Every year a Norwegian Spruce tree which is donated by Norway is sent to London for Christmas. These trees are usually of a formidable height. Measuring no less than 20-30 meters in height. It is usually 60-70 years old. During the Yuletide, it is resplendent in a charming array of lights and decorations. Thousands of people gather here for tree lightning ceremony on the first Thursday of December, every year.

At the base of the tree stands a plaque, bearing the words:

This tree is given by the city of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during the years 1940-45.

A tree has been given annually since 1947.

Source: Wikipedia

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17 thoughts on “The Christmas tree

  1. Very cool. In Canada, specifically Halifax, they send a huge tree each year much like the one Trafalgar Square to the City of Boston. They do it as thanks to the people of Boston who sent aid and Doctors to help immediately after the Halifax Explosion which occurred on December 6, 1917. During the WW1, two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. A Norwegian relief vessel “Imo” carry supplies back to Belgium and a French munitions ship the Mont Blanc which was fully loaded with explosives. The two ships collided and the Mont Blanc caught fire and eventually exploded. Everything within about one-kilometre radius was obliterated off the map. It killed over 2000 people and injured over 9000. The shock wave from the blast was felt over 100 kilometres away. It was the largest man-made explosion until the advent of nuclear weapons.

    Upon the hearing of the disaster, Boston sent Doctors and relief aid. As a tribute, the Government of Nova Scotia sends each year a Christmas tree to the City of Boston.

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