Christmas Tree Prices Higher Due to Inflation

Some regions experiences shortages in supply.

While Christmas tree farms have reported a strong harvest, some regions of the U.S. are experiencing a shortage even as others have ample supply. Reports from Albany, New York, for example, say the supply is “most challenging,” while in St. Louis, Missouri, retailers are saying they have more than last year. 

Regardless of the availability of Christmas trees, consumers are paying higher prices for them. Said one seller, “I just can’t hold the price I had last year. I’d love to, but I’ve tried about everything I can.” 

Another stated, “A lot of our trees have gone up anywhere from five to seven percent. The larger trees have gone up a lot more than that due to shipping charges.” 

Whether pine, fir, or spruce, trees are going to cost more than they did a year ago. Even artificial trees have been impacted by global inflation, up 10 to 20 percent over a year ago. 

According to Market Watch, despite inflation, and whether for the real thing or an artificial tree, “people want to celebrate the old traditions and let loose after a rough two years of the pandemic, and sometimes a tree is a symbol of that.”  

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For U.S. Commerce Department officials as they keep close tabs on the economy during the Christmas season.
  • For Transportation Department leaders and personnel as they work to ensure a strong supply chain during the holidays.
  • That the president and his administration would seek the Lord as they craft domestic policies.

Sources: WALB, Fox News, Market Watch, CBS News 


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