Christmas is one month away and that means many people are decorating and getting a Christmas tree, but could the drought this past spring and summer affect the holiday tradition?
At Santa’s Woods Christmas Tree Farm, the Dubberly family searched for the perfect tree on Sunday. It was a fun family outing, something the Wennstedts also enjoy. “This has been a tradition since we had Brogan and now something we look forward to every year,” said Cindi Wennstedt.
This year, the families did worry about what the tree selection would be like because of the drought. Those worries were put to rest Sunday. “I wondered what there was going to be this year, but we are still having plenty to pick from," said Lee Ann Dubberly.
Farm Manager Scott Lund said the drought didn’t affect the larger trees they're selling now, but it did affect their seedlings. He said they lost about 7,000 seedlings and smaller trees during the drought.
"The loss of 7,000 trees will affect us about seven to 10 years from now, so we've got some time to plant more and get rid of those losses."
So when you go to get a tree this Christmas season, you shouldn’t have trouble finding one. Lund also said the price should be around the same. These families were happy to know nothing will change with their Christmas tradition this year.