For many the Christmas season just isn't Christmas unless their home is filled with the scent of a real Christmas tree. Many people, myself included, have already purchased their real tree from a local retailer and already have it decorated.

Like any agricultural commodity Christmas trees are subject to weather and other conditions during their growing season. This past Summer's dry weather conditions have affected some of this year's trees but not in a way you might expect.

According to Christmas Tree farmer Clark Gernon who owns the Shady Pond Tree Farm in Pearl River the recent dry weather has affected the crop.

When we get dry conditions they just go dormant and wait until soil moisture levels come up. When it does, they begin to grow again.

Gernon also told the Louisiana Radio Network that trees this year might be as tall as trees in previous years. So you might expect to pay a little more of a premium price for a taller tree.

Gernon went on to say that height is not the only measurement homeowners should take into consideration when choosing a tree.

There are lots of homes out there with high ceilings and if you put the tree in that touches the ceiling, you won’t be able to walk in the room. So be careful with width, as well as height.

Make sure you know how big around the tree you choose is going to be. It's going to take up that much room in your home once the branches begin to spread out.