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Black Friday turns green for Christmas tree shopping

Ben Stafford with the Pine Belt Lion's Club prepares to wrap a Christmas tree for a customer Friday. Ben Stafford with the Pine Belt Lion's Club prepares to wrap a Christmas tree for a customer Friday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Most people know the day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday. But, this year for many folks, it was also a green Friday, for all the Christmas tree shopping. Families who wanted live trees for their holidays made their way to many Christmas tree lots and farms in the Pine Belt, hoping to find the perfect tree. 

The folks at a lot operated by the Pine Belt Lion's Club said the keys to getting a long-lasting tree are making sure it's fresh, getting a good, fresh cut before taking it home and giving it lots of water. 

For Lion's Club members and some shoppers, there's nothing like a real tree for the holidays.  

"(A real tree) smells like Christmas," said Ben Stafford of the Pine Belt Lion's Club.    

"We grew up with a real tree in my home and my mother and dad always put up Frazier Firs and so, I carry on that tradition," said Catherine Holland, who bought a tree from the Pine Belt Lion's Club.  

The Christmas tree lot is the biggest fund-raising activity of the year for the Pine Belt Lion's Club.  

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