Your Christmas tree cost might trim a bit off your gift-buying budget this year. Some experts are predicting there will be a shortage of Christmas trees this year, driving prices up. There are fewer trees due to the dry, hot summers of 2017 and 2018 which devastated lots of young trees in Oregon and North Carolina, and heavy rains through the last year damaged the tree supply in Missouri. The shortage could also be connected to the 2008 recession, as people bought fewer trees, which in turn meant farmers planted few trees for the coming years. Also, this year, tree demand is predicted to peak more quickly than in years past, as Thanksgiving and Christmas happen to fall a week closer together. Still, you shouldn't have an issue finding a tree this year.