We bought a real Christmas tree!!! We always had an artificial tree in Florida. We were all excited. At least until we put it in the van with the kids. The difference of buying a tree in the winter (USA) and summer (Australia) at Christmas was underestimated by us. The little critters that would live on the tree in the USA would have either died in the cold or moved to warmer places to live for the winter. Here we had several spiders drop off in the van which caused a bit of panic. They were not that big compared to the ones that came off once we had the tree in our house. I have a feeling that there are several more lurking in the lush beautiful tree. We’ll see if we see big shadows once we put lights on the tree today.