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Experts say there's a shortage of Christmas trees this year and it's going to cost you

Experts say there's a shortage of Christmas trees this year and it's going to cost you. (ABC7)

Can you image waking up Christmas morning without a Christmas tree?

Well that might not be exactly the nightmare before Christmas local farms and nurseries are up against, but they say there is definitely a shortage of furs and pines this holiday season.

"I've had vendors I've worked with for 30 years, even 35 years that called me this year and said they’re out of trees," said Ron Meadows, the owner of Meadows Farms Nurseries and Landscape.

The National Christmas Tree Association says the recession we experienced a decade ago and low sales are impacting this year's harvest of Christmas trees across the country.

"I think what we should do is like have something different than a Christmas tree. We should be more innovative and have something like, I don’t know -- a bush. A Christmas bush! And then you can plant that bush in the springtime," said Falls Church resident Matt Ball.

The owners at Meadows Farm nursery in Falls Church say other factors result in the low demand, including weather and a spike in the sale of Frasier furs around 15 to 20 when they were trendy, followed by a drop in the demand -- only to see the booming economy spike back up.

"There was a boom 15 years ago in trees, there were too many, so people stopped producing them. And now that shortage is coming into play, because the economy is back,” said Meadows.

The National Christmas Tree Association says there’s a five to 15 percent increase across the nation this year as the market makes an adjustment.

"The growers are charging more, so we’re going to have to end up charging more than we usually do,” said Paul Loudin, manager at Meadows Farms Nurseries and Landscape.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect Christmas tree this year, experts say you’ll still be able to do so – but it’s going to cost you!

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