Boston Fire’s Canadian Christmas Roots


By Shannon Stacey, author of CONTROLLED BURN

Did you know the people of Halifax, Nova Scotia give the the people of Boston a Christmas tree every year? On November 18th, Halifax Fire (@hfxfire) tweeted to Boston Fire (@BostonFire) that the city of Boston’s Christmas tree was on its way!


On December 6, 1917, a cargo ship loaded with explosives (wartime munitions) collided with another ship in a narrow part of the Halifax harbor. A fire ignited the cargo and the ensuing explosion devastated Halifax. Two thousand people died and an estimated nine thousand were injured in what is considered the largest man-made explosion prior to nuclear weapons.

When authorities in Boston learned of the disaster, they immediately organized a relief train. It was delayed briefly by weather, but it finally arrived in Halifax about forty-eight hours after the accident bearing food, water, medical supplies and, perhaps most importantly, medical personnel to relieve doctors and nurses who’d been working tirelessly since the explosion.

The following year, the city of Halifax sent a Christmas tree to the city of Boston as a gesture of gratitude and remembrance. Since 1971, Halifax has gifted Boston with a tree every year.


If you’d like to see more photographs chronicling the gifting of this year’s Boston Christmas Tree, here are some social media links. I’ve also included links to the Wikipedia pages for the Boston Christmas Tree and the Halifax Explosion if you’d like to read more about them.

Tree for Boston Twitter account | Tree For Boston Facebook Page | Tree For Boston hashtag on Instagram | Tree for Boston website

Boston Christmas Tree Wikipedia Page | Halifax Explosion Wikipedia Page

On December 5th, our town will kick off the holiday season with a Christmas parade, the lighting of the town tree, hot cocoa in the park and fireworks. Does your town have a special event to kick off the holiday season?

CONTROLLED BURN by Shannon Stacey

Rick Gullotti lives the good life, fighting fires and dating beautiful women—though none for very long. And thanks to helping his elderly landlords, his rent is low. But when his concerns about their health lead to a long-legged girl appearing on his doorstep, life as he knows it starts getting away from him.

Jessica Broussard has no interest in leaving sunny San Diego for the rougher side of Boston, but she’s been dispatched to deal with grandparents she’s never met. She’s wholly unprepared for the scruffy-but-hot danger-junkie firefighter who lives upstairs.

At first, Jessica is determined to get out of Boston Fire country as quickly as possible. All she has to do is talk her grandparents into selling their monstrosity of a house. But nobody’s taking advantage of Rick’s friends on his watch, even if that makes Jessica his adversary. Unfortunately for them both, the only thing more urgent than the matter at hand is their sizzling chemistry—and it’s quickly becoming too strong to resist.

About the author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and driving her RZR through the mud.  You can contact Shannon through her website,, where she maintains an almost daily blog, or visit her on Twitter at, her Facebook page,, or email her at

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