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This summer's drought may affect your Christmas celebrations years into the future

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LIBERTY, Ill. (WGEM) -

This summer's drought may affect your Christmas celebrations years into the future.

You might be able to find a real Christmas tree this season...but next year, the pickings might be slim.

The owner of Mathews Christmas Trees and Wreaths in Liberty said that because of the hot, dry summer weather only 30-40% of his little trees survived.

Greg Mathews says his older, more mature trees faired better in the drought weather.

500 trees were actually brought in from Michigan this year, in order to supply the demand for their customers.

Matthews said his business may see the biggest impact in the future.

"It is mostly slowing down our future crops because out of the ten thousand trees you know we've got maybe three or four thousand that is still living and the one's that are growing are slowed way down because of the drought because we have no way to water them," said Mathews.

Mathews says they still have plenty of Christmas trees available to buy this year though.

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