Caring for Christmas Cacti

Christmas cacti, known as Schlumbergera or Zygocactus, blooms at Christmas and also sometimes around Easter if cared for properly.  A month prior to Christmas you will be able to watch the tips of the leaves begin to grow and form buds.  At Christmas, as if by magic, the buds open to a beautiful flower that will add color and warmth to any holiday season.

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The Cornucopia: Thanksgiving’s Connection to Ancient Mythology

When I was a child, I was always intrigued by one particular decoration around the holidays.  Many decorations, like candy canes at Christmas, have a story behind them, but I had never heard the story of these weird, cone-shaped baskets we see decorating tables at Thanksgiving.  Later in school I learned that they were called “cornucopia” or “horn of plenty” and associated with the blessing of a good harvest.

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