Climate Change Is Messing Up Your Christmas Tree

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11:  Workers raise the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree on November 11, 2011 in New York City. This year's tree is a 74-foot Norway Spruce and was cut down November 9 in Mifflinville, Pennsylvania and then moved to Manhattan on a flatbed trailer. The lighting of the tree is the traditional start to the holiday season in New York City.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images

Owners of spotty and bare Christmas trees this winter can blame the California drought. Farmers say they’ve noted “dry spots” and other signs of stress in many trees, particularly those five feet and taller (buyers should plan on watering them immediately for best results). In many parts of the country, the drought also means a price hike of as much as 10 percent. Looks like climate change is the real War on Christmas.