A "White Christmas" in the Florida Keys

In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, children play in artificially created snow in front of Florida Keys musician Howard Livingston's house Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, in Summerland Key, Fla. Livingston's family won The Weather Channel's "Guaranteed White Christmas" contest where entrants submitted videos explaining why their families deserved a white Christmas. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau)

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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