good will towards men,
celebrating the birth of Christ,
a renewed hope and excitement for this beautiful gift of life.
These are just some of the things that make Christmas such a special time of year.
All spring and summer long I lovingly nurture a few things dear to my heart
We have a number of Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus that grace us with their gorgeous blooms.
Three are very special; one belonged to my maternal grandmother, one belonged to my paternal grandmother and one is from my husband's uncle.
Two of the largest were placed on the kitchen island so we could enjoy them as much as possible.
Each year the plants keep getting bigger and bigger.
A glass container is turned upside down and placed on a doily
a cake stand is placed on top of the glass dish
Even so, many of the blooms rest on the island.
Every other year or so I replant in a larger pot and fertilize with Osmocote.
The years I don't replant, I sprinkle a little more fertilizer on top of the soil.
Early spring through late fall they are kept on the screened porch in filtered sunlight and moved indoors once the temperatures begin falling in the low 40's.
Each year I eagerly await their arrival and they never disappoint!
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