Monday, November 29, 2010

The cactus knows for sure!

I know many of you are well on your way to be being all ready for Christmas.The tree is decorated, the stockings are hung and the presents are wrapped.


For me, the holiday season doesn't officially start until the day after Thanksgiving. And this year, Penn State felt the need to schedule a home game on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. And in case you haven't heard, we are a true blue and white Penn State family. Just let me tell you that late November in Happy Valley is really, really cold. And in spite of wearing so many many layers that I could hardly walk, I was still cold. But the snow flurries made it too pretty to complain. (Ok, there was a little complaining.) But we really had a fabulous weekend. And spending time with family and friends is the absolute best way to get ready for the holidays!




And now we're back and I'm ready to hit the ground running. Today is the day to break out the Christmas decorations. And I know this for sure because my Christmas cactus started blooming like crazy over the weekend!















I've had this cactus for over thirty years. It blooms faithfully for Christmas every single year without fail. It's really not the prettiest plant in the world. I pinch it back, but it's still long and leggy and quite lopsided. It looks more tropical than Christmas. And why is it pink?


But every year when it starts to bloom, it makes me smile. Because I know, the very best season of all, is right around the corner!






8 comments:

the cape on the corner said...

30 years! that's crazy! i received one as a gift a few years ago, and i had never heard of one. i quite like that it blooms in the winter. now if only there were more outdoor plants like that! my curb appeal is seriously lacking in the winter months!

kathie said...

I love that!! Who cares if its spindly? It is gorgeous, and a sign of Christmas :) That is amazing that it blooms every year!

NanaDiana said...

Sharon- I am just like that too...we wait until after Thanksgiving and now I have a ton to do...I should be doing it now;>( My Mom always had a big Christmas cactus too...and kept it in the cellar for part of the year. It was a lot like your own.

Did you know my father taught at Penn State-long before I was born...He had a special spot in his heart for all the games and would listen to them on the radio. He taught English lit and agriculture ( quite a duo, huh)? Hugs-Diana

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

my mom has one, too, and it always amazes me how it blooms at the right time.

Karla said...

Sharon - That family pic is way too cute. It deserves a frame and a proper spot in your house. Just an FYI - we have a Christmas cactus and it blooms without fail in April - usually near Easter! Just goes to show...

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Our Christmas cactus too! Don't you love them?!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Those plants are so cool!

Pam said...

I have one that is the same color...it started blooming just a couple of weeks ago and I figure all the blooms will have fallen off by Christmas day.....great timing, like you said, it knows.