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As Christmas Tree Lots Start To Close, Workers Reflect On Season

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Most of the smaller Christmas tree lots are closed by now. But WBBM’s Steve Miller found one on the North Side that’s in its final day – and as employees dismantled the lot, they reflected on Christmases past.

There’s the story of the customer who swore the cut Christmas tree kept growing once she got it home.

“Well, you know – the tree is cut already. It can’t be alive anymore.”

Then there was the family who claimed the tree lot sold them more than a tree.

“I’m like, ‘A squirrel from the tree?’”

WBBM: They claimed that you sold them a tree with a squirrel in it?

“Exactly.”

And finally under the heading of Christmas Tree Confidential: When those trees are unloaded as they come in in November – some of them have nests. And we’re not talking about birds.

“When we unload it from the truck, sometimes jumping for the street – running – are the rats.”

WBBM: But the rat doesn’t stay with the tree.

“No, never. It jumps out and runs away. It’s funny because everybody’s screaming.”