Small Christmas tree sellers say big retailers cut into their bottom line

Christmas Tree and Gifts

Christmas Tree and Gifts

Decorating the tree is one of the cosiest parts of the Christmas season.

The 2008 recession is likely partially to blame, as it drove growers out of business and it can take eight to 10 years for a tree to be ready for the lot, according to the Miami Herald.

If you buy a real Christmas tree, you've probably noticed the price going up every year.

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"There's a lot of stress, because it's like, 'Are we gonna sell trees?"

This year, the Jeckers got their trees from North Carolina and Wisconsin. Are we not gonna sell trees? Shawn Wilk has been selling Christmas trees for more than 40 years in Culver City, California. "So the trees that had the frost will grow out of it, so in another year or two, those trees will be cut and shipped they won't even know they had frost on them". "They're asking so much more money for them".

"It affected the amount of people that bought trees because what's burnt is like a little caterpillar, a little brown caterpillar, but if you hit it, it will fall off", Hogan said.

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It then makes the price more expensive for customers too.

Have a look before you get round to unstringing the lights and you'll get your ideal set-up, straight off a Christmas card.

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