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(ABC) - It might be a little early to talk about Christmas trees, but you may want to get to the nearest tent soon. Pete Elliott owns Tree Land Christmas Trees, a nationwide shortage has him frantically looking for trees."I've done this since I was a little kid. It's a family business. I've never not had trees going into my season," Elliott said.It's the same story for Tree Farm Owner Justin Sanchez. Elliott is cutting back on the number of lots he has."There's a pretty big shortage of trees this year," he said. "We couldn't get enough trees this year to cover our other two lots."The problem started back in 2008 when the market burst. Farmers had too many trees, but they weren't making enough money."They couldn't get rid of their trees, they couldn't sell them so they came in and just plowed and just burn moutain sides of them," said Elliott.It takes ten years to grow a tree and now there just aren't enough to go around.Elliott finally found some trees but it hit him where it hurts."She sent me their prices, I was flabbergasted. Woah, I might have to get out of this business. I might just have to end a tradition," he said.

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