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The business started when Billy and his wife went to purchase a live tree over 35 years ago.

If you've been reading reports about a nationwide Christmas tree shortage, don't panic. "You know it's all about personal preference" says Johnson. According to a new AAA survey, an estimated 20 million Americans who purchased a real Christmas tree in the last three years did not properly secure it to their vehicle, risking serious vehicle damage and risky road debris.

It's the day after Thanksgiving and the Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree farm in Waynesville is packing a Black Friday crowd. "Just like flowers that you have to cut the stems off, these Christmas trees sap over on the bottom, and it seals them up and so it won't draw water".

Owners at Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm in Burghill say you shouldn't have an issue finding a Christmas tree here in the Valley.

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What triggers it, according to experts, is the mould that can grow on the trees as they're kept inside in the warm.

Essentially, Christmas tree syndrome means you're allergic to your Christmas tree, and it can cause hay fever-like symptoms such as watering eyes, an itchy nose, chest pains and coughing.

Instead of buying a cut tree that gets used once, choosing a potted or burlap-bagged living Christmas tree can yield years of enjoyment. But one Vestavia family takes their tradition a step further - they help other families find the flawless Christmas tree.

No matter what tree you get, when the season is over and it's turned into firewood or mulch, it's the memories at the farm that won't disintegrate. Families gather together to decorate and see a tree come to life, cities even celebrate a tree lighting as a kick-off to holiday festivities.

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The Christmas tree tradition became even more popular when Queen Victoria, German Prince Albert, and their children were shown standing around a Christmas tree in the Illustrated London News in 1846. Drivers can face hefty fines and penalties as well as jail time if an unsecured tree falls off their vehicle. A 12 to 15-foot tree could take 15 years.

Most people have now put up their trees and decorated their houses with festive twinkling lights, but research from Prevalin Allergy has revealed more than a third of Brits will suffer from "Christmas tree syndrome" as a result. You can also stand the tree or a few of its larger branches in the yard as an organic feeder and sanctuary for birds. As Queen Victoria was considered a trendsetter during her time, the popularity of Christmas tree spread in Britain and the East Coast of America.

But for many, the idea of having a Christmas tree may be slightly out of reach.

After reviewing all the evidence, if you're still undecided or drawn to the same decision you've made in years past, don't fret, advised CR.

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