O Christmas Tree!
Oh what will I do without a Christmas tree?
Christmas tree growers are having problems.
The harvest is lacking this year.
And buyers are being turned away.
It takes about twelve years for trees to mature
To be sold to the public
But these tree farms were depressed in 2008.
There were forest fires on the West Coast
That has wiped out prospects of a good harvest
Other problems have arisen that impacted these growers.
There has been drought due to climate change.
On the East Coast infestation of these trees was a problem.
So from East to West there are shortages.
How can consumers get live trees this Christmas?
They have to deal with scarcity and higher prices.
The trees therefore will be smaller.
But they can still bring joy this Christmas.
So shop early. Go to the tree farms.
And be sure to be the first in line to select your tree.
“Almighty Creator, you have provided Christmas trees to grace our homes. Help us as we face this shortage, and don’t remove from our hearts the love of Christmas.”