National Christmas tree shortage could affect your holiday decor

Christmas trees are seen at a lot in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

As Christmas draws near, there is a new twist that might put a damper on your holiday spirit: a shortage of Christmas trees.

Chris Maretich owns Alpine Christmas Trees and has been in the business since 1977.

Maretich said the shortage started back in 2008 during the recession.

"After the recession started back in 2008, there were fewer people buying trees, so the nurseries actually cut back ...," said Maretich.

Since trees don't grow overnight, those cutbacks have had lasting effects on the number of available trees today.

Bradly Brent has been contracted to deliver trees across the country for years and has seen the loads lessen over the years.

"I know the first season I did this about eight seasons ago, we did about I want to say 16,000 trees, and as far as I know, we are doing about 10,000 this season," said Brent.

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