Christmas trees and decorations are a fire hazard

A shortage of Christmas trees is not something many of us want to hear.

Buying that fragrant Christmas tree can really put you in the holiday spirit and shoppers we spoke to know what goes into taking care of them to prevent fires.

"It affects us a little bit because we are a very small farm".

He says depending on the type of tree, he believes the shortage is expected to last about five years.

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Almost 4,000 acres of CT farmland are planted with Christmas trees - the 13th largest acreage in the U.S.

"It makes you feel good get in the spirit of Christmas, not so much commercialism just a symbol of a Christmas tree, so it helps to get in the spirit of Christmas", Wilmington visitor Steve Odee said.

He said prices for most trees are up between 10 and 15 percent.

Eight-year-old Violette Stockton says she looks forward to this day all year long.

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Is it too early to talk trees - Christmas trees, specifically? While Americans have been buying real Christmas trees for around 75 years, Hundley said, the artificial tree industry has taken off in the last 25 years or so. That tree crop is now on sale this year. And the Beaver State is facing an especially short supply this year - and that's affected California and other West Coast tree sellers. At $33, the tree was cheaper than in years past, Ann Rolls said.

"It's actually less work for us", New said.

"This is what we do", Patterson said. He also said in 2011 Cardinal Tree Farm planted more trees with the thought of this lower supply coming on.

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"In our cool wet winters, a tree outside in cool conditions can maintain "freshness" for months", Landren wrote via email.