How to Buy a Christmas Tree: Chatting with Big D & Bubba in Jax Beach

Our next visit to a beaches Christmas tree lot was Big D and Buddy’s in Jacksonville Beach.  For the fifth consecutive year, Big D (David, really!) and Buddy have sold Fraser Furs and firewood in the lot next to Terry’s Country Store on the west side of  Penman Road, between Beach Blvd. and Atlantic Blvd.

They typically keep a blazing wood fire going, so the scent of fresh, green branches and woodsmoke meld together to create a distinctive wintry ambiance, whatever the beachy temperature happens to be at the moment.  Customers wander the grassy lot while the kids scamper between the trees.

 Sometimes a family will pose for a holiday photo there, and might even do a bit of decorating just for fun.  

 Big D and Buddy enjoy the people, many of whom are repeat customers.


David and Buddy, we enjoyed visiting with you guys!









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Jeannie Greenwald is a freelance photographer, neighborhoods evangelist, and editor-in-chief of The Beaches Online. She is also a degreed psychologist and occasionally works as an adoption social worker for Jacksonville area families. She founded The Beaches Online, LLC, in 2011 to write about the happenings in 'the beaches' - the island-without-a-name, in Duval and St. Johns Counties, Florida. Always equipped with cameras, she roams the beaches, the string of barrier islands from Amelia to Anastasia, and also journeys inland, to the rural banks of Florida's blackwater rivers, and the pristine, freshwater springs. Jeannie's lived at the beaches for twelve years, and considers herself a common-law native. She celebrates the joy of living in a coastal community that prides itself on its beautiful beaches and strong, independent local business community.

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