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Tighter timeframe for Christmas tree sellers

November 25, 2013
Associated Press

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Christmas tree sellers have a tighter timeframe this year to make their revenue.

With Thanksgiving falling on the latest possible date this year, tree growers have one less weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas to sell their spruce, pine and firs.

Jim Whorton, owner of Chub Lake Tree Farm near Carlton, says he's been opening on the Friday after Thanksgiving for 30 years. But not this year. Whorton tells the Duluth News Tribune ( ) that with Thanksgiving falling on the 28th this year, he couldn't wait that long. He opened this past Saturday.

Doug Hoffbauer sells trees in Duluth and Superior, Wis., and started selling wreaths, garlands and other decorations early this year, but not trees. Hoffbauer says few people hosting Thanksgiving want to add decorating a Christmas tree to their list of chores this week.


Information from: Duluth News Tribune,



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