Here’s why your Christmas tree might be more expensive this year

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He blames the 2008 recession for higher prices this season, especially for the short supply of taller trees he's experiencing. But some tree growers are recovering from a devastating late spring freeze earlier this year, and it's having an effect on their bottom line.

"There's a lot of stress, because it's like, 'Are we gonna sell trees?"

Janice Papa and her family have sold trees for more than 45 years.

A report from Square and the National Christmas Tree Association revealed Christmas tree prices increased 17 percent from 2015 to 2017, but if you want to save money, it's better to buy your tree later in December.

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Fires can also be a damper on the Christmas Spirit and SAFD says that one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. It can take about a decade to grow a full-sized tree.

It then makes the price more expensive for customers too. Are we not gonna sell trees? An eight-footer is $70.

"It affected the amount of people that bought trees because what's burnt is like a little caterpillar, a little brown caterpillar, but if you hit it, it will fall off", Hogan said. "You get that smell like you're actually outside".

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