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Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many people have begun to deck the halls, gorge on delectable dishes, and send out greeting cards. Well, that last one might become trickier for some rural residents soon. That’s because the United States Postal Service is moving ahead to reduce the hours of thousands of post offices across the country.  Jennifer Davidson has this report from a rural Ozarks community.

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In the Dr. Seuss book, it was the Grinch who stole Christmas. But for some Midwest tree growers, it may be the drought that eventually steals the holiday.

Danny Moulds, who owns Kris Kringle’s Trees just north of Cedar Falls, Iowa, said the hot dry summer took a harsh toll on newly planted seedlings. “We did lose about 15,000 Christmas trees in a 46-acre farm,” Moulds said. “And with the fir trees we didn’t lose just the little ones we planted this year, we (also) lost last year’s.”

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Christmas for some families in Callaway County won’t be the same this year. After 23 years, Coe’s Tree Farm in Callaway County is closing due to the recent drought and the owner’s age. Owner of Coe’s Tree Farm Jamie Coe said over the past three years many of his trees have died due to the drought. He said the hardest part is letting the customers down this year.

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It's about to look a lot like Christmas at the Missouri Governor's Mansion.

The Christmas trees that will adorn the outside, the grand staircase, the parlor and library will arrive Monday. The outside tree is a natural growth, 25-foot Eastern Red Cedar.

Inside, an Eastern White Pine from Tannenbaum Tree Farm in Armstrong will be placed in the grand staircase. It will be decorated in classic gold and burgundy.