“I’m grateful for every moment.” – Al Green.
“Gratitude is an inner feeling of perceived kindness. Gratitude is a natural impulse to express this feeling. Gratitude is the continuation of this teaching.” – Henry Van Dyck.
“Thanksgiving is a good day to focus our energy on being thankful and just giving.” – Amy Grant.
“My whole life changed when I started counting my blessings.” – Willie Nelson.
“Consider your present blessings.” Charles Dickens. “God has gifted you 86,400 seconds today. Have you used it to say ‘thank you’? – William Arthur Ward.
In expressing our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest value is not in words, but in living them. — John F. Kennedy.
November is the month to recognize and be thankful for your blessings. But these are activities that should be done every day of your life. Share a smile and a hello with everyone you meet. Call a relative, talk to a friend, and pray for someone you know every day. And as the Spirit leads you, as you do life every day, pray with someone who crosses your path. From giving thanks to enjoying the seasonal colors, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
It is always a joy and encouragement to see the colorful plants of the season in our cities and communities. One option is the Christmas rose! (It’s not actually a real rose). Actually, it’s a hellebore (Helleborus niger) and since it’s a mid-winter blooming plant, it may not bloom as early as Christmas. Helibores are about 20 species of herbs or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the Ranunculaceae family. Most species are poisonous. Even with names like Christmas rose and Lenten rose, hellebores are not closely related to the rose family (Rosaceae). However, the Christmas rose adds festive color to our cheerful and festive surroundings throughout the season.
Nevertheless, Helleborus niger is an awesome plant with white, cup-shaped flowers and lime green centers that will brighten up a damp, shady spot in late winter and early spring. A typical size is about 12 inches tall and 18 inches spread. This hellebore (Christmas rose) is a popular English plant and a true Christmas flower. Also called snow or winter rose, it blooms in the middle of winter in the mountains of central Europe.
Legend associates this plant with the birth of Christ and a little shepherd girl named Madelon. One cold winter’s night, Madelon was tending her sheep in a snow-covered field when the wise men and other shepherds passed by with their gifts for Christ. The wise men came with rich gifts of gold, myrrh, and frankincense, and the shepherds with fruits, honey, and doves. Realizing this incident, poor little Madelon wept, thinking that there was nothing for the new-born King. Seeing her tears, the angel came and wiped away the snow and revealed the most beautiful white flowers with pink tips that looked like roses. She gathered some flowers in her arms and went to see the Christ Child. As the Christ Child turned away from all the rich gifts and stretched out his holy hands for the flowers he had gathered and offered, he was overjoyed at his complete fulfillment. For her, it was truly a gift from heaven to cheer her true and innocent heart (hence the recognition of the Christmas rose).
Christmas rose is unscented, but can be planted with winter honeysuckle to give a pleasant fragrance. Its flowers don’t look good as a cut arrangement in a vase, just cut the flowers without any stems and float them in a shallow bowl of water for an interesting presentation that will be talked about for months.
As hellebores do not like acidic conditions, be sure to keep the growing medium alkaline to a more neutral pH. They do well under deciduous trees and against bare trunks that allow light to penetrate during flowering. It is also a good idea to plant them in pots and containers, and they can be moved from one place to another as they bloom. Also, they work well as houseplants in the interior landscape and as a cultivated perennial herb in the landscape.
All parts of this plant are toxic by ingestion or by skin or eye irritation. Symptoms of poisoning include burning mouth and throat, salivation, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nervous symptoms, depression, and skin irritation (contact with cell sap). Protoanemonin, the toxic component, is toxic when consumed in large quantities, but under normal exposure conditions skin irritation lasts only a few minutes. Wear disposable gloves when in contact with this plant.
The Christmas rose is the most widely used and the most spectacular of the hellebores. Easier to grow than the more popular poinsettia, this flower is promoted as a new and improved holiday pot plant that can then be moved into perennial beds for continued enjoyment.
Hybridization between species greatly expanded the available colors, including slate gray, light black, dark purple, plum, rich red, pink, yellow, white, and green. The outer surface of the beds is painted green and becomes greener as the flower matures. Individual flowers will remain intact for a month or more. Recent breeding programs have developed double and semi-double flowered helibores. Also, many new releases are resistant to disease and insects, including deer and rabbits.
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks and sharing blessings, and Christmas is about Jesus and His love. Take a moment each day this month to give thanks for every blessing you have been given.
Don’t forget to read the Book of Luke (24 chapters) in the Bible starting December 1st and read one chapter at night until December 24th. All this to better learn and understand who and why we celebrate Christmas. CHRISTMAS is about Jesus and His love, and in these chapters you will read a whole account of Jesus’ life. Love others and help the homeless at every opportunity. When receiving his blessings, always give them forward. Pay for a stranger’s meal whenever you can. The feeling you get from blessing others is truly inspiring and most rewarding. Happy Thanksgiving!
“Christ died for sins once for all, for the righteous and the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit.” 1 Peter —3:18. “
Open my eyes so that I can see beautiful things in your law.” (Psalm 119:18).
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105).
“Allah’s will is that by doing good you silence the ignorant conversations of foolish people. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover for evil; Live as God’s servants.” (1 Peter 2:15-16).
“Sanctify them in truth; Your word is the truth.” (John 17:17).
Eddie Seagle is a Sustainability Validator, Golf Environment (Scotland), Agronomist and Horticulturist, CSI: Seagle (Consulting Services International) LLC, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Alumnus (Abraham Baldwin College of Agriculture), Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning. Georgia) and Short Term Missionary (Heritage Church, Moultrie). Direct inquiries to email@example.com.