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Photo: Arina P Habich (Shutterstock) Unless you’re one of those people who bedecks their house in Christmas cheer before Thanksgiving, the time is nigh to turn your thoughts to the centerpiece of yuletide decorating—the almighty tree. But due to pandemic supply chain interruptions, getting a tree this year presents some unique logistical challenges. Whether you prefer artificial or real, here’s when to buy in order to ensure your (faux) fir game is strong through the New Year. When to buy an artificial Christmas tree this year The time to buy an artificial tree this year is basically…now. The American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA) says, “With extreme weather in the Pacific Northwest and supply chain issues in the U.S., this is not the year to buy a Christmas tree last minute.” The increased demand for consumer goods, raw materials, and transportation—which could quadruple shipping costs this year, “means that there will be fewer artificial trees available for consumer purchase this season, and those that are available will come with a higher price tag.” How much higher? The ACTA says that while average artificial Christmas tree cost $104 in 2019; the same tree could cost about $131 this year. Brian Chee, the director of portfolio business at Treetopia told Consumer Reports , “We expect to raise prices for artificial Christmas trees by around 15 percent” due to increased shipping costs. When to buy a live Christmas tree this year A Nintendo Switch isn’t the only thing you should snag on Black […]