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Christmas tree shopping season underway

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For many people Thanksgiving signals the official start of the holiday season.

Once all the turkey is digested people come to places like McNaughton's Garden Center to pick out a Christmas tree.

In the middle of Hurricane Sandy recovery a Christmas tree may be the last thing on some peoples minds but employees at McNaughton's have noticed steady business.

"Its been okay you know, after Sandy people aren't really spending a lot of money but they're still coming out getting some trees," said McNaughton's employee JR Morera.

"We've been selling really well, if you turn around over there you see that we have some empty spaces so its doing alright."

Employees say the prices of trees have also come down this year making it easier on customers wallets.

Employees say it is still relatively early for Christmas tree shopping and that the busiest time will be coming the first week of December.

Nevertheless, customers like Bob Gest came out Sunday afternoon hoping to find the perfect tree before it disappeared.

"We're going to put it up and start to decorate so its never too early. You don't want to wait to the end cause you'll end up with a Charlie Brown Christmas tree."

And while many in the area continue to recovery from Sandy, the hope is Christmas will help ease the minds of those hit the hardest.

"Christmas is a good thing you know, you got to kind of put behind all the work that we're redoing and have a good Christmas cause that will ease the pain," said Gest.

More and more customers around the area will continue their search for a tree in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

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