Every year it makes its welcome appearance,
the Christmas tree from Norway, at that end
of Trafalgar Square, a gift of remembrance
in gratitude for help that proved a godsend.
As such, it is the role model for all
Christmas trees, whose twinkling lights transmit joy,
joy that comes from remembrance, traditional
forms of merriment that little thanks employ.
That’s why the mighty pine of Norway beams
in the winter air, carol singers cluster,
process gratitude out of Christmas themes,
to proclaim the birth of the God sent Saviour.
Here’s remembrance and gratitude at one
that will burn bright throughout the Christmas season;
resonant in each Christmas tree that’s found
throughout the land, to celebrate with good reason.
The Norwegian tree is an annual token of appreciation to Britain for helping Norway during the last World War.