For those of you going out to buy your live Christmas tree this week, allow this Floridian to offer a tip to eliminate any unwanted "guests" that might try to ride into your home.
First, find a pool. If you have one, great, if not, see if a neighbor or friend might let you use theirs. Leave your tree in its netted sheath, and drop into the pool. Leave it there for at least a day. This will run any ants, spiders, roaches, lizards, mice, etc from your tree and keep them from getting into your home. Bonus point: the tree gets super-hydrated, helping preserve its needles longer.
Wishing you a Merry (Florida) Christmas!