Why there could be a Christmas tree shortage until 2025

Jessica adds the finishing touches
Heathcliff O'Malley

Jessica adds the finishing touches Credit Heathcliff O'Malley

Volunteers enjoyed a sunny November morning loading donated Christmas trees onto FedEx trailers, trees that would be hauled away to military families for the holidays.

The tree shortage forced him to open three fewer tree lots and hire about 15 fewer employees.

But luckily for them they still have two Christmases left to sell their trees - and claim their own - despite last year being their final year of planting. "Yeah, it's the 39th year we've done this", she answered her daughter. They didn't grow anymore and now were starting to see the effects down the road from that time.

"And this year, we will pass 200,000 trees donated".

I understand the sentiment as the Christmas tree typically serves as the focal point of our decorations for the season.

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As for the Mitchells, their tree may be smaller this year, but they were still happy to participate in a tradition that's been going on for generations.

You'll want to feel it with your hand to make sure it feels nice and fresh.

Purchasing a real tree, decorating it, and placing it in your home gives you more of a sense of being outdoors, Absher said, and it helps the environment.

Highland Trees said it has even made business better because they are receiving more orders from places that are affected.

You can go get a fresh tree Thursday through Saturday from 10 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. If you are at a tree farm, keep in mind to think about how the size (both height and width) will look inside your house.

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"Ultimately, you have to cut where is necessary to make it fit the space, but there's a tidy way of doing it", says David. "But what they're actually allergic to is the stuff in the trees".

The newest tradition is the caps; the longer tradition is a stop at Yetter's Diner, just down the road, after getting their individual trees.

"When you come to an event like this and spend time with veterans, they tell you how much this means to them".

When selecting your pre- cut tree, freshness is always key. Also, many communities have a special pick up or designate a drop off site for Christmas trees. The Senate tree will be set up at 9:30 a.m., and the House tree will be delivered to its chamber at 10.

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