Attention, holiday procrastinators!

By Perri Ormont Blumberg

It may only be early October, but we're already looking forward to decorating our Christmas tree and ringing in the 2017 holiday season.

This year, though, it may be a bit harder to obtain the perfect tree. Due to Fraser Fir over planting last decade, tree farms are now facing a shortage, reported The Garden Gates, a home and garden decor company based in Metairie, Louisiana. "Our team just spent a week in the mountains searching and tagging Christmas trees and every single farm was sold out of 5-6 foot, 6-7 foot, and 7-8 foot trees," Sara Draper, general manager of the company, told Southern Living. "We use a small farm or around 800 acres and reserve trees for years at a time, but we still could barely get 100 trees of the smaller sizes. We contacted 200 tree farms in North Carolina, Michigan, and Virginia with no success. Every farm says the same exact thing, Fraser Fir Christmas Trees are sold out from 5-to-8-foot varieties."

So what to do, eager elves? The Garden Gates Christmas Tree Team says your best bet is to place your Christmas tree order as soon as possible. This will help you secure your perfect Christmas tree before supply dips even lower, and avoid price surging.

Or—gasp—we officially grant you the green light for going faux. We won't tell. Heck, with our artificial tree tips, we promise your guests will be equally dazzled.