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Holiday heritage rides on

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 9, 2007


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Shannon Tobey, 17, of Largo holds her 15-month-old son T.J. Nguyen while she waits for family friend David Gallagher Jr. of Monticello to tie a Christmas tree to her car on Nov. 27 at Gallagher's Christmas Trees in St. Petersburg. Christmas trees are part of Gallagher's family heritage.

He says his uncle used to grow them, then his dad started selling them. His dad sold pumpkins, too, so people would see their stand before the holiday season started. Gallagher, 19, said his family has been operating the stands for 18 years. He has been around the trees since he was in a stroller. "I've been here for 18 years," he said. "I've been carrying trees out since I was 10 years old."

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