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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

An Old Man's Beard for Christmas!

Its a little strange to identify white winter Christmas in the tropicals. Well, its not like sunshine Hawaiian beach kind of feeling either.
(its been raining everyday and almost every hour now)
There is no mistletoe nor snow (perhaps one of the reasons why you will definitely find cotton as a substitute for artificial snow adorned on decorated Christmas tree) And somehow the fact that cotton collect dust and so, the idea of decorating with cotton had become out of fashion these years.

I had to scrape the idea of putting a Christmas Tree this year - anything my little one (going to be 2 years old by January) sees become his toy and I cannot imagine those glass globe and Christmas decorations smashed and broken during this festive season.

(Another reason why I understand now why most of them tend to have their Christmas tree decorated outside their house - using a Juniper Pine and settling with that)

Where was I?

Yeah.. I was thinking what could I possibly think of Christmas with my garden tales. (well - it would be wonderful to decorate my garden and create a beautiful fairy wonderland, but again, that wouldn't last a minute - once my small one might play those fragile porcelain pieces with his dinosaur - can't imagine the winner) (I had wrapped and tucked all of those far-away out of reach until its safe to reveal them)
Probably might do that when the children are all grown up.

Hmm.. I still cannot get to my main topic. (ohh. well.. here goes)

And so.. this is where I arrive, I got the real deal of what appears to be a tinsel, something snowy and well - not a great theme for Christmas. I thought of putting some cherry lights on them but scrape the idea (again?) Its raining everyday and I don't want to get anything short circuit.

Probably there are too many things in my mind, sorting stuffs, preparing & cleaning and getting everything ready. Probably it would be a little easier to do one thing at a time and plan early. That's what I told myself last year for this year - but darn... it happened again.

I thought of some excuses and thought of saying,
"The Grinch stole my Christmas!"
But again, the spirit of Christmas is not in the gifts, nor all the glitters and pomp. (There is a tug-o-war between Santa Claus and Jesus Christ - that is who are you really celebrating)

For me, its being grateful to God in cherishing all the good times in life and learning the lessons of life during the bad. (I wished the bad times ends soon - I think I had learned enough already)

And so, that's what I can think of Christmas this year..
some Old Man's Beard (the actual name of the plant)
something I can consider a nice decorative piece to call -
Hey! I got something original here.
(something that is considered as a weed at the other-side of the planet)

May the Joy of Christmas brings lots of Joy & Happiness
and cherish those precious moments with family & friends.
Blessed Christmas Everyone!

Sorry about the disarrayed thoughts in brackets
(got lots of things in my mind)
I will be on a long leave and will catch-up with you, next year.


cina_fong said...

Have a good holiday James...


p3chandan said...

You still can decorate your Old Man's Beard with little lights for Christmas since the plants are indoors. Anyway, Happy holidays and Merry Christmas James!

One said...

Wow! Your Old Man's beard is very long. Must be very old and healthy.I'll grow them one of these days. My Christmas tree is in the store room. Merry Christmas!

Autumn Belle said...

James, I think one of these days, Santa may just drop by at your home and grab the beard. He might want a more eco-friendly look to replace his white beard, haha. It is raining everyday here too. You are right, with our thunder and lightning, we may just get electrocuted if we have too many outdoor lights. Wishing you and your family a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011!

Noelle Johnson said...

Hello James,

I also have never had a snowy Christmas, but I do enjoy the beautiful green plants in my garden.

I wish for you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Jacqueline said...

Wow! What a beautiful screen, James! I'm amazed at the lush growth of your Old Man's Beard...we've grown it years before but it was a total disaster.
Here's wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas and a wonderfully bright New Year, afresh with God's richest blessings always. And may whatever 'bad things' you're having now disappear as He enfolds you with His inexhaustible mercy, love, peace and joy.

kitchen flavours said...

Hi James, Merry Christmas to you and family. Have fun and enjoy your holidays!

Unknown said...

Wow....just discovered your blog and garden. How cool! I had to set up a google account just to follow your blog. I am amazed at your garden. I live in Ohio and we get very cold winters here, so I enjoy my tropicals indoors. Happy New Year to you and yours. Annette

Wendy said...

I see the beards. If festive is not the word, it definitely conveys a certain feel.

I hope you enjoy your leave - see you in the New Year!

Stephanie said...

Hi James! Happy New Year!! I hope you have had a blessed year end. Oh I didn't put up my usual Christmas tree this year as well. I put up a collapsible small tree he he... so convenient. Your cascading 'beard' is awesome! Looks soft and nice.

James David said...

Thank you everyone for your lovely Christmas & New Year greetings. Appreciate it very much.
May all of you too have a promising & prosperous New Year too!

Malar said...

That's very good looking old man beard!
Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you!

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