To help me get into the Christmas spirit, keep my moods regulated, and fight the winter blues, I am going to try to write a blog post everyday in the month of December. Instead of an Advent Calendar filled with little chocolates (like my kids have), I am going to use blog posts as a way to countdown to Christmas.
December 1, 2016
Last year my mom gave me a Christmas cactus. I didn’t even know what that was until she presented it to me in a throw-away plastic pot and offered to re-pot it for me. Not one who does well with plants (I grow children, not plants) I poked through some items in the garage to find a ceramic pot. After she made the transfer, I had myself a house plant.
And it lived.
Not only that, but a few weeks ago my daughter noticed that the plant had tons of tiny buds. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Not long after my mom gave me the plant it got two buds and two little flowers opened, but I thought it was a fluke and that my mom’s mojo was still in the pot.
But now this… so many tiny buds signifying new life, just as all the leaves and grass and plants outside are dying. How lovely to enjoy this contrast.
The two ‘fluke’ flowers showed up in the spring, which I thought odd because the plant is a ‘Christmas cactus,’ but I later learned they can bloom at random. I suppose springtime blooms make sense too. I mean, everyone else (if you are a plant) is doing it.
However, since the cactus is currently blooming at a more fitting to its name time of year, I’ve looked at the flowers as a symbol of hope. Not a bad substitute for less daylight in the sunroom.
Today is the first day of December, and as the countdown to Christmas begins, my view is cheery.
Cue the Christmas music.
And wait, could it be?
Yes! I can hear the echo of sleigh bells in the faraway distance.
Maybe I should ask for a bigger pot.