Brussels Christmas tree is there!

Brussels’ Christmas tree has arrived on the city’s historic market square.  The fir tree was felled in the High Fens, a pocket of natural beauty tucked up against the German border in eastern Belgium, on Wednesday and brought to the Belgian and Flemish capital as part of an exceptional convoy.

The spruce-fir stands 22 metres high and is a gift of the Walloon municipality of Stavelot in recognition of the solidarity shown to the town by the people of Brussels in 1945, when the Battle of the Bulge was fought and the year the Second World War came to an end.

Stavelot will be planting a new tree that in time will replace the one now chopped down.

The spruce was placed on Brussels market square in the dead of night.  It will stand next to the Nativity that is traditional in countries with a strong Christian heritage.