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Behind the scenes at an Oregon Christmas tree empire

Behind the scenes at an Oregon Christmas tree empire

Every state has Christmas tree farms, a lot of them small, cut-your-own-tree operations, Hundley said.

Mr. Rondeau added that Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama suffered 50 major fires, burning more than 100 acres each between October and November 2016.

For many in the US, Black Friday isn't just a day to score shopping deals; it's also the official start to the Christmas season.

There are a few reasons for the decline in tree prices as Christmas nears.

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"It'll be sad not to see them this year", he said. "It was a marker a gal had put on a tree that said, "This is the tree I want" but we never could find that tree". Experts say the shortage of popular size Christmas trees will likely last until at least 2025.

The Germans are generally associated with the first Christian Christmas tree traditions around 5 centuries ago.

And while trees may be in short supply elsewhere in the United States, you'll have plenty of spruce, pine and fir to choose from in New Jersey. The Oregon Department of Agriculture published data showing that between 2010 and 2015, the number of active tree growers dropped by more than 30%, from 699 to 485.

Tom Nieman has a Christmas tree farm here in Lexington.

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In addition to environmental benefits, studies have also shown that greenery and plants can cheer us up and eliminate worries and anxiety at home.

Still, as of the early 1960s, 80 percent of Christmas trees being sold in the South were from northern states or Canada, and that meant a lot of money was flowing out of local pockets that could be kept here.

Blair, of Ashwood Gardens & Nursery, said her own tree supplier is phasing down.

Regardless of the success of its other fundraisers, however, Mullins said he will miss seeing his regular tree-buyers this year. Tree sellers are preparing for the holiday sales.

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Once you buy your tree, get it into a strong stand don't let it dry out during the holiday season.