2008 Recession still impacting Christmas tree sales

Several of the trees shipped in from North Carolina to Twitty's.
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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) Christmas time brings people out in masses looking for the perfect Christmas tree to take back home and decorate.

Twitty's Christmas Trees in Enterprise is one of several Christmas tree sellers that gets their Christmas trees shipped in from North Carolina.

However, there's been an issue with the last few years' trees--their size. Trees that are normally advertised as six and seven-foot trees are smaller than normal the last few years.

The reason for the smaller trees? The Great Recession of 2008.

The recession dropped sales of Christmas trees in 2008 and 2009. That drop in sales means fewer trees are being cut down. Fewer trees being cut down mean fewer places to plant new trees.

It takes around eight to ten years for Christmas trees to fully grow. Fewer places to plant trees results in more trees that are being sold that have not reached their eight to ten year full-growth period.

Smaller trees have not resulted in smaller prices, though, for sellers. Places like Twitty's are doing what they can to keep prices low for their customers despite the overpricing that they face from the growers.