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Premier Christy Clark keeps family pact with annual Christmas tree hunt 0

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver

B.C. Premier Christy Clark holds up some of the pines from a Christmas tree she and her son Hamish picked out from a lot on the corner Arbutus Street and W. Eighth Avenue in Vancouver, British Columbia on Dec. 16, 2012. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

B.C. Premier Christy Clark holds up some of the pines from a Christmas tree she and her son Hamish picked out from a lot on the corner Arbutus Street and W. Eighth Avenue in Vancouver, British Columbia on Dec. 16, 2012. (CARMINE MARINELLI/24 HOURS)

Premier Christy Clark made a promise to her son about the family Christmas tree back in December 2010, right after announcing she would run for the BC Liberal party leadership.

“We were a little late getting it up and Hamish said to me, ‘Mom, I never want to get the tree on the day before Christmas ever again,’” the premier recalled while scoping out noble firs on a westside Vancouver lot with her 11-year-old on Sunday.

After the pair settled on a two-metre tall tree well in advance of Dec. 24, Clark let it slip she’s not a “real Christmas-music person” and instead opts to play Taylor Swift around the home this time of year.

She added there are more than enough holiday songs playing at all the stores this time of year.

Hamish, however, is determined to lose himself in music come Christmas Day.

He’s hoping a pair of Beats headphones will show up beneath the fragrant fir they just picked out.

As for Clark, the premier said all she really wants is for her best friend to recover from a brain tumour after going through two surgeries.

“You have to appreciate the ones you love every day and that’s what Christmas is about.”

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