1. Real tree or artificial?
Real, they just smell so good, and I love going out and cutting one down with the kids. As to what comes to it being ecological, one plants thousands of trees, thins them out several times before they mature (you need more trees than you end up with in the end to keep the branch growth in control to get better quality logs, and some other reasons like climate control, and you need to thin every now and then to give space for the best trees to grow bigger), and christmas trees can be thought of as thinning the stand to proper number per acre. (This is just the Forester in me talking, so forgive my rant ) Plus a tree is natural material which will decompose unlike artificial tree made of various plastics. There are upsides to artificial trees too, some people are allergic to real trees, and could not have a real one, and there is less mess to clean. (Yeah, I admit the gorgeous fiberoptic tree one of my friends has makes me want one, but I can't bring myself to it. I'd feel like betraying my profession )
2. Shop early or last minute?
I try to shop early but somehow I always end up running late.
3. Are you a fan of eggnog?
No. But I love "GlŲgi", it is heated up red wine and often red fruit juice mixed with it, added spices like cinnamon and clover, poured over almond slices and couple raisins, soooo good.
4. Decorate outside AND inside of the house?
I have to say that Christmas tree is our main decoration. I do decorate some outside now that we have kids, every year more.