Hi. I ALWAYS get a real tree. I like the spruces and firs best and even though they cost more, they're so beautiful! This year, I used all red lights, and deep burgandy balls(not a clinical term!)and it looks so understated and beautiful! My children and two granddaughters will be here. I have a Christmas with just my Sisters too. We started this after our Mother died in '95, and it means alot to us. We go out to eat, then open our gifts. My Sisters are forever getting me stuff to put on my walls; they just can't stand it that I won't do this! It's a joke now. This Christmas with my Sisters was even more special, because my one Sis is a Hospice patient, losing her fight against ovarian cancer. This will be her last Christmas, but we have "adopted" my best friend, also a nurse, as a "stand in," because both of my Sisters love her too; and they are forever stealing my friends! So, that is my Christmas; sad, but happy too. Tonight, I found a beautiful little book about Sisters, and I bought it on the spot, read the beautiful poems and sayings, then got it all ready to mail to them, with bright stickers, etc., on the package. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!