The lighting of the Portland Museum of Art's Copper Beech Tree was an event we took in on a yearly basis when J- was growing up. The tree was lit December 6th this year. The festivities began with carols sung by local school children and choral music of the Vox Nova Chamber Choir. Soon after, the large group made its way out to the Joan B. Burns Sculpture Garden, picked up lighted candles, found a place to stand under the flowing tree, and ran through some notable carols to keep warm. Finally, the time arrived, the countdown was made and suddenly the white lights flashed into service. Although these days, there are lit trees all around the city, this one still holds a spectacular distinction well into January. Late nights in December and January, it's always a bit soothing to turn out of your way, make it to High Street and take a turn by this beautifully shining tree. Tis' the season.