Image: Cyndi Livingston and her grandson play in manmade snow in Florida.
Rob O'Neal  /  AP
Cyndi Livingston, left, watches grandson Michael Walker play with a snorkeling snowman Friday.
updated 12/25/2009 3:41:01 PM ET 2009-12-25T20:41:01

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

Almost 20 tons of ice was 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.

Snowman built
Wearing shorts and flip-flops, Livingston's neighbors romped 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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