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John Alspaugh prepares Christmas trees at his Christmas tree farm

December 15, 2011 | 6:37 p.m. CST
John Alspaugh shakes the brush off a freshly cut tree at his Christmas tree farm on Mexico Gravel Road in early December. Alspaugh removes excess needles by using "the shaker," a homemade device made with a lawn edger motor and other parts bolted into the ground.

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