Fla. family gets white Christmas with crushed ice

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Posted: Dec 25, 2009 10:57 PM

One Florida Keys family is getting a white Christmas, despite temperatures in the upper 70s.

Almost 20 tons of ice is being crushed Friday and spread over the grounds of Howard Livingston's oceanfront home with a high-pressure hose.

Livingston won The Weather Channel's "Guaranteed White Christmas" contest. He was chosen from hundreds of contestants who submitted videos explaining why their families deserved a white Christmas.

Wearing shorts and flip-flops, Livingston's neighbors are romping in the snow piled under palm trees. His 6-year-old grandson helped build a snowman and pitched snowballs.

There has never been a real recorded snowfall in the Florida island chain since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1870.

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On the Net:

The Weather Channel's "Guaranteed White Christmas": http://www.weather.com/tv/programs/WhiteChristmas.html