Cant load variable of other script from constructor

The thing is, I have a class GameItemContainer which has a static variable Container which is used to store the values imported from an XML file. I have another class named Item in which if I try to get the value of GameItemContainer.Container.items from the class variable’s get command everything works fine, but if I call it from the constructor, it returns null for GameItemContainer.Container.

Here is Item.cs:

using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Serialization;
using System.IO;

public class Item
public string Name {get;set;}
public string Price {get;set;}
[XmlArray("ItemsNeededNames"), XmlArrayItem("ItemName")]
public List<string> ItemsNeededNames { get; set; }
public List<Item> ItemsNeeded {
	get {
		List<Item> allItems = GameItemContainer.Container.items; // All good
		List<Item> _neededItems = new List<Item> ();
		for (int i = 0; i < ItemsNeededNames.Count; i++) {
			for (int j = 0; j < allItems.Count; j++) {
				if (ItemsNeededNames *.ToLower () == allItems [j].Name.ToLower ()) {*
  •   				_neededItems.Add (allItems [j]);*
  •   				break;*
  •   			}*
  •   		}*
  •   	}*
  •   	return _neededItems;*
  •   }*
  • }*

  • //Constructors*

  • public Item() {}*

  • public Item(string itemName)*

  • {*

  •   Debug.Log (GameItemContainer.Container); // it prints null*
  •   var allItems = GameItemContainer.Container.items; // NullReferenceException*
  •   for (int i = 0; i < allItems.Count; i++) {*

_ if (allItems*.Name.ToLower() == itemName.ToLower()) {_
_ this.Name = allItems.Name;
this.Price = allItems.Price;
this.ItemsNeededNames = allItems.ItemsNeededNames;
Notice that inside ItemsNeeded I have:
List allItems = GameItemContainer.Container.items;
And if I do
from another script it prints what it needs to print, but calling that same thing from the constructor gives me null.
And here is GameItemContainer.cs:
using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Serialization;
using System.IO;
public class GameItemContainer
public List items = new List ();
// The problem comes when initializing items like this*

* public static Item lighter = new Item(“lighter”);
public static GameItemContainer Container = LoadXML (“gameItems”);
private static GameItemContainer LoadXML(string xmlname) {
return GameItemContainer.Load (Path.Combine (Application.dataPath, “Scripts/XML/” + xmlname + “.xml”));
public static GameItemContainer Load(string path)
XmlSerializer serializer = new XmlSerializer(typeof(GameItemContainer));
using(var stream = new FileStream(path, FileMode.Open))
return serializer.Deserialize(stream) as GameItemContainer;

It throws the error NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object at line inside the Item constructor
var allItems = GameItemContainer.Container.items; // NullReferenceException
I think there aren’t any errors and I’ve been struggling with this the past few hours. Any help would be greatly appreciated._

I found the error. What I needed to do is change

public static GameItemContainer Container = LoadXML("gameItems");


public static GameItemContainer Container { get { return LoadXML("gameItems "); } }

But this creates another question. Isnt it going to be much less efficient because it has to load the file each time GameItemContainer.Container is used? Any tips to avoid that?