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Updated Dec 3, 2013 - 8:09 am

Think green: Christmas tree lots ready for browsing, buying

PHOENIX -- Black Friday has come and gone and the Christmas season now starts up. Making that official is the number of Christmas tree lots popping up across the Valley.

It's a shorter window of opportunity for holiday shopping this year with Thanksgiving and Christmas being closer together.

"I think we'll be all right because usually that first week between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a slow week for tree sales. Especially here because they dry out," said tree seller Byron Vaughn.

Vaughn runs a tree lot at 12th Street and Indian School Road and said the shorter tree-buying window probably worked in the customers' favor because they'll have a fresher tree.

"The best thing to look for is moisture on the trees. No dry spots on the tree. Make sure the tree lot has kept that tree watered," Vaughn said.

Vaughn said he expected to sell out his stock of 300 trees in the next few days.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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