November 28, 2017 12:12 PM

Not only are early holiday decorators happier (according to one psychologist), this year, they also safeguarded their good cheer against an impending Christmas crisis.

The U.S. is facing a tree shortage this year, according to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), which may drive up prices for consumers.

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The cause of the shortage can be traced back to the Great Recession the country endured nearly ten years ago. During the economic downturn tree farmers were limiting their crops to save money during a time of decreased demand.

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“In those years we were in a recession. Tree sales were down, prices were down, and we weren’t planting as many trees,” Doug Hundley of the NCTA told News 12 Long Island.

Christmas trees can take about ten years to reach their full height of 7 to 8 feet, so the effects are only now being felt.

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Hundley notes that early shoppers should face no issues in terms of availability and variety of trees, but that prices may be higher because of the limited stock.

He adds that many farms tend to lower prices right before Christmas to help clear out their lots, so those hoping to avoid the extra cost should wait until the last weeks of December to grab their evergreen.

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