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Submitted by WWAY on Wed, 12/12/2007 - 5:35pm.

WILMINGTON -- It's not looking a bit at all like Christmas. How about early June? Christmas comes only once a year, but the way the mercury has risen this holiday season, it feels like summer has hit twice. At one Christmas tree lot in Wilmington, some say high temperatures are cooling the holiday spirit. Roser Peck said, "I've always lived in colder climates, so it really doesn't feel like Christmas at all for me." The St. Nick's Pick lot owner says this warm Christmas climate has made the trees thirsty. Employees need to keep filling up the bases with water -- trees have been drinking more than a gallon of water a day...that's twice as much as usual. Despite efforts to attract shoppers, at one Christmas tree lot, it doesn't seem like many folks are decking the halls. St. Nick's Pick owner Jeff Grubb said, "I think people, instead of going to look for Santa Clause, they're going to the beach, to the water." Wrightsville beach had a lot of sun worshipers, sand castles and surfers Wednesday. People who enjoyed the beautiful weather say it's just another factor that makes our area a great place to live. Beach visitor Janet Price sai, "I just spoke to my friend in New Hampshire. She's shoveling snow. And I said well, there's white all around me, but it's sand."

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