Searching for the perfect Christmas tree has been a serious struggle in New England for the last few seasons.

Presumably more and more people have made the move to artificial trees after drought affected local crops over the last few years and the natural tree selection became smaller and smaller.

Now another natural disaster seems to be affecting tree buying for 2023.

For anyone who has already headed out on the SouthCoast to get their 2023 tree, selection is a little lighter. Though our own Barry Richard thought this might be due to more folks buying artificial trees in recent years and vendors not wanting tons of extra trees after Christmas, it might be something else entirely.

Seems the summer's raging wildfires in Canada resulted in the loss of hundreds, if not thousands, of Christmas trees.

Firs, spruces and balsams that would typically be harvested for the holiday season, were lost to the months long wildfires in the Canadian woods caused by a lightning storm early in the summer.

However many local farmers and tree vendors on the SouthCoast do not get their trees from Canada and simply site the cost of doing business for their rise in price and drop in supply.

Either way you look at it, your tree is probably going to cost you a bit more this year even though the quality may not be what you had last year.

Perhaps this is the reason more and more families are buying artificial these days.

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