Christmas tree shortage reaching Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Thanksgiving is over and that means it is time to start picking out a Christmas tree.

Little River Farm sells its trees in the parking lot of Fashion Square Mall.

The farm says it usually sells about 1,000 trees per season, ranging in height from just three feet all the way up to 16 feet.

But this year, there is a shortage of one particular type of tree.

Now Little River Farm says it is scrambling to get enough supply to last until Christmas.

But in the mean time, the farm recommends people should think about decking the halls sooner rather than later.

"You should probably come earlier if you are wanting to get a seven- to eight-foot tree," said Chris Currier from the farm. "Earlier is going to be better this year. There is a shortage. I'm not exactly sure why there is a shortage, but there is a shortage of eight foot trees."

Little River Farm recommends people who buy a live tree cut the bottom of the trunk so the tree has a way to drink water and stay hydrated.

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