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Chattanoogans keep Christmas spirit during record-breaking warm weather

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The weekend's record-breaking warm temperatures didn't keep all Chattanoogans from enjoying a winter holiday tradition -- picking out Christmas trees. Although some vendors experienced a lower number in sales this week, the weather isn't killing everyone's Christmas spirits.

Only 15 trees are left on the lot at Ramsey's Produce in Chattanooga.

"It's been very fast-paced this year," said Linda Ramsey.

The countdown to Christmas is on, even though it doesn't feel like it.

"It's been very hot and sweaty out here," Ramsey said. "Doesn't put people in the holiday spirit very easily."

"If the weather changes and gets colder this weekend, I think I'll be more in the spirit," said Kelly Boaz, picking out a tree on Monday.

Shoppers say they aren't used to picking out a tree in 70 degree weather.

"It's weird!" exclaimed Boaz. "The middle of December, here we are, and I've got sandals on."

Kaitlyn Halleron was buying her tree, just 10 days away from Christmas Eve.

"I know it's a little late, but it's better late than never," she said.

Tree vendors said sales slowed down over the record breaking warm weekend. But overall, the season has been a busy one.

"From what I've seen and what I've heard, everything's been up this year," said Jonathan McKenzie of Weaver Tree Farms. "We're hoping to get one last strong weekend in before we head out."

"I don't think it's making too big of a difference," said Haley Mills of Tom Sawyer Tree Farm. "It's happening, no matter what."

Most places say they won't lower the prices on their trees, even though the demand drops as Christmas gets closer. But just like last minute holiday shoppers, there are last minute tree shoppers, too. If you're one of them, most vendors stay in town until the day before Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 23.

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