ACES and the Boston Christmas Tree

 

 ACES staff and students were very excited to be invited to attend the cutting of the Boston Christmas Tree. The Department of Natural Resources was planning the event  months in advance. When we arrived we were greeted by DNR officials. They loaded each bus and explained the protocol for the ceremony. Each child was given a NS hat to wear. Once off the bus we met with Shatford Elementary. Soon afterwards the ceremony began. There were speeches including a guest from Boston. Robert's grandmother Mary also spoke. She said the tree which was coming off her property was a gift from her family and also a gift from the province. All of a sudden we heard shouts " Santa's coming!!", sure enough Santa was climbing out of a lobster boat and into a dory. He was then rowed ashore where students eagerly greeted him. A boom truck was positioned closer to the Christmas Tree, strapping was secured so the tree could be carefully lowered once it was cut.  The chain saw was started and the cutting began. Cheers broke out everywhere when the tree came down. We stayed to watch the tree get put on the flatbed. As we headed back to the bus, students were presented with their own saplings. " you never know" said a employee from DNR, " forty years from now we may be calling you asking for your tree to be given to Boston".