alright, the cat is out of the bag. i have never owned a REAL Christmas tree in my life until this year!! this is big news people. big news. just to clear the air (and because i know my mom reads my blog), i want everyone to know i had a wonderful childhood packed with the best Christmas memories and a fake tree that we tried to leave up as long as possible. Christmas is still Christmas even if your tree is fake. with all that said, Bruce is a real tree kind of kid and i always was drawn to the idea of the adventure of picking out a Christmas tree.