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“We need Santa Claus to bring us some trees.”

Fourth-generation farmer Jeremy Thomley on his farm recently selling out of Christmas trees.

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dec 15, 2021

  • Due *in part* to supply chain issues and extreme weather, Christmas tree farms across the nation are facing shortages. Some farmers have even raised prices amid high demand and their own increased costs.
  • Despite higher prices, Thomley's Christmas Tree Farm has already sold out.
  • And, despite shortages, the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) - a nonprofit that supports families during the holiday season by sharing guidance and information - found that three in four U.S. households will display a tree this year. Nearly 85% of those trees will be artificial!
  • Important Context: This year's Christmas tree shortage is not unique. During the Great Recession over a decade ago, farmers weren't planting as many Christmas trees - which can take up to 15 years to reach full size. Because of this, farmers have seen a lower supply of trees over the past few years. Shortages tracing back to the recession are only exacerbated by other factors, such as extreme weather and supply chain issues.

Interesting To Note: According to a survey put out by ACTA, almost 6.5 million homes will display both an artificial tree and a farm-grown tree this year. ACTA Executive Director Jami Warren said, "We're heartened to see that, even in the face of challenges posed by the pandemic, supply chain congestion, shipping container shortages, and extreme weather events, U.S. consumers have been able to continue their Christmas tree traditions in 2021." Warren encourages consumers who have not yet purchased a tree to "shop soon and be aware of limited supply as we near the holiday."

What type of tree do you prefer: artificial, farm-grown, or both?

The 2021 Guide To Christmas Trees (ACTA)

75 percent of U.S. households, or 94 million homes, will display a Christmas tree in 2021 despite supply chain shortage challenges (ACTA)

Live Christmas tree prices on the rise: Here's what local tree farmers have to say (Hattiesburg American)

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