Christmas Cactus

by sandihester

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.  Luke 2:11

Today’s the first day of December!  In honor of the first day of this great month that we celebrate our Savior’s birth, here is a Christmas verse and painting.  The Christmas Cactus is one of my favorite plants for several reasons.  First of all, it blooms around Christmas – actually it will bloom all year round if you take good care of it (I tend to neglect it until October and then I give it tender loving care because I want to have those delicate beautiful blooms around the house during the cold months).  Secondly, I love it because it reminds me of my Granny.  She had a green thumb and had these around her house.  I always think of her when I see them.  The third reason I love these plants is because they are hardy – meaning they can withstand just about anything and they don’t get bugs – they’re just all around good plants to have. 

The other day I was at Publix and they had some little Christmas Cactus on sale and I couldn’t resist buying one.  I have one in my office, but placed this one in my kitchen.  The one in my office is still trying to revive itself after a long summer of neglect, so it doesn’t have many blooms on it right now.  After weeks of not painting I was finally inspired to paint my new little Christmas Cactus!  It’s not the best painting I’ve done, but it turned out better than I thought it would after going so long without painting.  Happy early Christmas!