If you're one of those folks who feels that anything other than a real, grown-in-the-ground Christmas tree just ain’t Kosher, you’d better go buy one now.
A story on KIMA-TV’s website (Yakima, Washington) says local sellers are saying there’s a Christmas tree shortage — and not only in the Pacific Northwest.
Mitchell says he felt the fir shortage last year when the nursery ran out of trees ten days before Christmas. Those who waited until then didn't get one at all.
For the roots of the spruce shortage, we have to go back a few years, to the recession of 2008-2010. "About 12 years back, Christmas tree farms were not making any money, so they stopped planting," Mitchell says. Now, the growers are trying to play catch-up.
"Once they realized the market was changing, they started planting again. Well, they they still have those 10 lost years."
"We're selling trees earlier but also we're picking up a lot of new customers," Mitchell said.
Just in case you can’t get the 8-foot-tall Christmas tree of your dreams this year, remember that height isn’t everything. Think of how Charlie Brown’s pals fixed up the nice little one he found.