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Christmas tree sellers make most of deep freeze

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- If you think it's cold outside, try spending most of the day there. Folks selling Christmas trees are out in the frigid temperatures all day and night.

The Johnson family has been camped out on the side of Eastwood Road in Wilmington selling trees since Thanksgiving. They drove down to Wilmington from Ashe County, where they have a tree farm.

This is the first year that Beth, Mike and their son Eric have been selling their trees, wreaths and garland in Wilmington. They brought a camper down with them so they could keep an eye on the more than 300 trees at night. Last night, the camper's heater broke, which was not very fun for the family.

"My son was frozen this morning, but, it's been OK," Beth Johnson said. "It's cramped, but you know we've got a microwave, refrigerator, and a bathroom, running water, heat."

Even though the weather is not ideal, the Johnson's say they enjoy spending the time together.

Beth makes wreathes and garland in a trailer, and Eric and Mike trim and carry the trees to customers' cars.

So far, the Johnson's say they have sold about 80 trees, but they say when it gets cold like this fewer people walk through the lot. Instead taking a peek from the warmth of their car.

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