Boston Christmas tree lighting slated for Thursday

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Andrew Younger, a minister for the Nova Scotia government, will be reunited with the 47-foot-tall white spruce the province donated to Boston when the city’s official Christmas tree is lit in the Common Thursday.

The tree is an annual gift recognizing the help Boston provided after the great Halifax explosion of 1917. The blast wiped out half the city, and Boston responders were among the first on scene to assist in the aftermath, officials said.

“I can’t wait to see the tree all decorated,” Younger said during a telephone interview today on his way to the airport to catch his flight to Boston. “The last time I saw it, it was all bundled up on a flatbed.”

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