Yesterday we went to Trafalgar Square in London to have a look at the Christmas tree there.
The chosen tree is over 65 feet tall, and is usually a Norwegian spruce. It comes from the forests around Oslo, and is between 50 and 60 years old. Great care is taken of the tree long before it is felled. The foresters who care for it refer to it as 'the queen of the forest.' The tree is felled in November at a special ceremony attended by the Mayor of Oslo, the Lord Mayor of Westminster (part of London) and the British Ambassador to Norway. The tree is then shipped to the UK.
Another ceremony takes place in England when the tree is lit. It becomes a focal point for carol singers, and each evening groups gather to raise funds for charities.
The tree is decorated in the traditional Norwegian way with vertical strings of lights. These days energy efficient bulbs are used.
Just before Twelfth Night the tree is taken down and chipped and composted.