We got our tree today...it is still fun to get a Christmas tree, even in southern CA. And then it rained today, too, which added to the "inclement weather" feeling that helps one get in the mood for Christmas. Main Street in Santa Monica had its yearly tree lighting festivities this weekend, including several real trees, plus one that was built entirely from shopping carts (designed by a local artist). I will have to remember to take a photo of it to post. I really like this time of year - it is so festive and fun!