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Trimmer tree sales

If rain is Florida's snow, then it was beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in the parking lot of the Publix at 4870 Biscayne Blvd. Huddled beneath an umbrella and surrounded by rain-drizzled Christmas trees, Rosemond Jean, 25, said sales had been brisk -- until Friday.

Maybe it was the weather, or maybe it was because customers had already plucked his stand clean of the small tabletop firs, but ‘‘I haven't sold a single one today," he said. ‘‘People are looking for cheap trees."

Even so, the Florida Christmas Tree Association (yes, there is one, and it has

about 25 members) said Friday that sales this season have been brisk.

Jack Ewing is the association's treasurer and runs a 14-acre tree farm in Eustis, about 30 miles north of Orlando. He said customers from Miami and Palm Beach have made the four-hour drive to his business.

"If you want the experience of cutting down your own Christmas tree from a farm, there aren't too many around," he said.

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