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State Christmas Tree

December 4th, 2008 by flanews

The official state Christmas tree is now on display in the Governors Office.

Floridas Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Bronson delivered Christmas trees to the governor and other cabinet members today. The trees were donated by the Florida Christmas Tree Association. Association member Toney Harris grew the trees and said real trees are better than fake ones.

A fake tree doesnt smell at all. Have you every smelled one? Youve got to have the smell of Christmas at your house. Thats what you need. A live tree helps keep a lot of people employed and makes for better Christmas all around as far as Im concerned, said Tony Harris, owner of Ergle Christmas Tree Farm.

Commissioner Bronson used the occasion to warn Floridians about holiday scams.

If youre going to give money to charity make sure its a legitimate charity; dont get taken advantage of. If youre going to buy pets for family members and others, make sure the story youre buying from is reputable and you have the health certificates and those types of things and know the pet lemon law, said Bronson.

Inspectors from the commissioners office are checking out pet stores statewide to make sure the animals they sell are healthy and meet the state requirements.

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