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    Henry Helms unloads mountain-grown Fraser firs at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Mountain-grown Fraser firs are piled together at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Henry Helms removes twine from a Colorado blue spruce at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Henry Helms is proud of a giant inflatable Santa atop a hill at his tree farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Henry Helms takes a momentary break from his work at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Tree stands are available for purchase at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Henry Helms works in the gift shop at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Helpers arrive to help Henry Helms at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Helpers arrive to help Henry Helms at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Henry Helms works at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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    Saws are available for customers to cut their own trees at Helms Christmas Tree Farm in Vale Thursday, November 21, 2013. TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
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