If you haven't picked out your tree yet this year, you might want accelerate your plans.  Christmas tree farmers across the nation are reporting a smaller crop of trees this year.  If you don't get your tree early, you may not get one at all.

According to Fox News 4, Christmas Tree farms from across the nation are claiming that during the 2008 recession lots of tree farms went out of business, and even more had to scale back planting.  Since it takes approximately 9 years for a tree to reach maturity and the right size - this is the year we see the impact.  The recent trucker shortage only adds to the looming tennenbaum crisis.  The bottom line is this:  If you plan on getting a real Christmas Tree this year - expect to pay 5-10% more for it this year, if you can get one at all.