But his year's celebration comes with a cold hard catch for American consumers: Christmas trees are more expensive, and for the second year in a row. Which is pretty miserable. North Carolina is the nation's second-largest Christmas tree exporter, after OR, producing more than 20 percent of the country's supply.
Essentially, Christmas tree syndrome means you're allergic to your Christmas tree, and it can cause hay fever-like symptoms such as watering eyes, an itchy nose, chest pains and coughing.
Kim Kuipers, an owner of the Kuiper Family Farm in Maple Park, grows Christmas trees on her farm, but also has pre-cut trees delivered from a farm in North Carolina.
A potted Christmas tree can be kept in its pot and moved outside to live after the holidays, and then brought inside each year for the festivities, but will require a fair bit more care than one that gets planted outside.
"This is made worse when people turn their heating on, as the warmer temperature encourages mould to grow faster", he said. However, people are buying bigger trees and more wreaths and accessories from farms, Hundley said. And if you do insist on having a real one, make sure you keep your inhaler close at hand.
Local Christmas tree lots have not had the same shortage issues as tree farms.
The National Christmas Tree Association says there's a Christmas tree shortage in parts of the country.
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Last year Lucas' lots ran out of Christmas trees on December 19 - the earliest he's ever stopped selling trees in the 35 years he has been operating the lots, he said. However, considering how short-lived a cut tree is, a more sustainable choice might be to buy a living tree that can either be used year after year, or that can be planted in the yard to supply shade and wildlife habitat, and act as a living windbreak for decades to come.
Customer Julie Weber of McKinney said an artificial tree is out of the question.
Trees also help to reduce ozone levels in urban areas, cut runoff and erosion by storing water and breaking the force of rain as it falls, and absorb sound and reduce noise pollution.
"We had a drought several years ago, and that is affecting us now", Faivre said.
Both Kuipers Family Farm and Camelot Christmas Tree Farm ended their choose and cut Christmas tree option last weekend to help keep tree stock numbers up for future years, allowing time for younger and smaller trees to mature. Always place the tree on a roof rack or in a pickup bed with the bottom of the trunk facing the front of the vehicle. "Right now we are at the peak of the shortage". "We have had the same tree prices the last few years and there hasn't been any effects yet". The trees are not sold wholesale.
Fraser Fir: Touted as the most popular tree in the USA, the Fraser has strong branches, excellent needle retention, and a sweet-spicy scent.