If you normally wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for the holidays, it might be time to reconsider your schedule. According to some sources, Christmas trees will be in short supply this year.
There are a couple of reasons trees might be harder to come by this year, but one is the ongoing supply chain issues. The American Christmas Tree Association explained that the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with increased consumer demand and a labor shortage, is leading to fewer trees making it across the country.
A Reddit thread started by a Costco employee also seems to back this up. The post states that the big-box store will also be short on live Christmas trees this year, due to the droughts and fires in the West. Many trees just didn’t reach maturity or grow large enough to be sold, so there’ll be fewer available for Christmas.
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However, this problem isn’t just limited to Costco—it’s everywhere—and it’s not just live trees, either. Evidently, artificial trees will be in short supply, as well.
“We hope that every person who wants a Christmas tree will find their perfect tree this year,” said Jami Warner, executive director of the American Christmas Tree Association. “If I can give one piece of advice to consumers right now, it is to find and buy your Christmas tree early.”
So, while you’re ordering all that Halloween candy, you might wanna go ahead and pre-order your live or artificial Christmas tree. It’ll be one less thing you have to worry about later.
[Via Apartment Therapy]