Christmas Cactus

My Christmas Cactus

My Christmas Cactus has faithfully bloomed at Christmas for the past seven years.  I don’t do anything special to insure that it  blooms.  It stays in the same spot in front of a window that brings in morning sunlight.  It is in a clay pot that sits on a drain saucer filled with stones.  I water it about twice a week.

Each year when the pink flowers burst out of their buds, I think about the family that gave me the Christmas Cactus.  When I worked in an outpatient center at a Children’s Hospital, I helped a  young boy with Spina Bifida.  He could not walk and he had a severe pressure sore on his back.  This boy had the brightest smile and cheerful attitude.  He and his parents spoke only a few words of  English.  They came to the United States as refugees.  Grateful for the care that their son received at the hospital, the parents gave some of the staff a small Christmas Cactus.  My cactus has more than tripled in size.  I wonder how the little boy has grown.  Every year my cactus reminds me of that boy and how the greatest gifts have humble beginnings.  Then I think about another humble beginning…. God’s greatest  gift to mankind began in a baby.  Merry Christmas!

6 thoughts on “Christmas Cactus

  1. Mark Willis says:

    A lovely story. It’s nice to have things which have “significance”. A friend of mine lost his daughter a few years ago to cervical cancer, and he planted a beautiful white Magnolia Stellata shrub in her memory. Every year when it blooms in the Spring we all think of her again – in this way she will never be forgotten.

  2. ldjnx says:

    Hi, Jonna, your wiz husband, and Tommy…
    I came across your photo of the Christmas Cactus quite by random, as I do broad internet searches for images I can use as subjects for my watercolor paintings. Later, as I finished my painting, I went back to your image on my Pinterest page and I decided to follow the link to your blog. Nice work! Your blog and your garden, not to mention your family, are beautiful! Thanks for letting me paint your Cactus, although I know you had no idea I was painting it. I would be happy to share it with you, if I could figure out how to do that. Best wishes for the New Year!

    • McArtor says:

      I would like to see your painting of the Christmas Cactus. This plant is over 10 years old and means a lot to me as it was given to me by family of disabled child in my care.

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