Thursday, November 26, 2015

Signs of Christmas

The holiday season in Toronto brings out many festive displays of trees and lights along with non-stop Christmas music. My favourite decorations are the giant deer in the Eaton Centre. For a big, beautiful tree you don't have to look farther than Nathan Phillips Square where Toronto's official Christmas Tree is being decorated for the annual Cavalcade of Lights.

For those that like fireworks, lights, concerts and crowds, the Cavalcade celebration is on Saturday, November 28, 2015.
"Interesting facts about Toronto's Official Christmas tree:
The tree is selected a year in advance from the Bancroft, Ontario area.
The tree is usually a white spruce.
The tree arrives on a flatbed truck and is lifted into place with cranes.
It takes a crew of eight people three to four hours to put the tree into place.
The tree needs three days to settle before it can be decorated.
It takes two weeks to decorate and string lights on the tree.
Countless pieces of large machinery, including a cherry picker, are used to assist the decorating crew in placing each ornament onto the tree.
Unlike an indoor tree, Toronto's Christmas tree does not need watering.
Usually the tree is 15 to 18 metres tall (55 to 65 feet).
The tree remains on display throughout the holiday season and is then recycled."

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