If you waited last minute to buy your Christmas tree this year, you might find yourself in a serious dilemma:

Yep, looks like there is a serious shortage of Christmas trees this year in New Jersey. Some local Christmas tree lots are completely sold out, and they're the same ones that typically have plenty left during Christmas week. Some businesses, however, DO have some trees left, so you might be in luck. That is, of course, if you don't mind a slightly beat up tree.

So what's with the shortage you're probably wondering?

This is actually because of an issue from 2008. According to the Asbury Park Press, Christmas trees take about 10 years to grow into their full size. In 2008, the US economy was in crisis, and as a result of the recession, a lot of growers cut back on the number of seedlings they planted.

As you can probably expect, you may expect to pay more for your tree this year as well. Supply and demand, right?

Well, if you haven't heard big retailers such as Amazon began sell living Christmas trees this year and they will run you about $110 a pop, so you might still have a chance to get a real tree just in time for the 25th.

Source: app.com