Christmas Cactus Series – 2013

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The Legend of the Christmas Cactus

“LEGEND has it the Christmas Cactus dates back many years to the land now known as Bolivia and a Jesuit missionary, Father Jose, who labored endlessly to convert the natives there.  He had come across the Andes Mountains from the city of Lim nearly a year before.  But he felt the people of this village on the edge of the great jungle were still suspicious. He had cared for the sick and shown the natives how to improve their simple dwellings, which leaked dismally in the rainy season.  Most important, he had attempted to teach them the story of the Bible, especially the life of Jesus, though much seemed to be beyond their  comprehension.  He had told them about the beautifully decorated altars in cities during holidays, yet here it was Christmas Eve and he was on his knees alone in front of his rude altar. Then he heard voices singing a familiar hymn he had taught his flock.  He turned to see a procession of the village children carrying armfuls of blooming green branches (which we now know as the Christmas Cactus) that they had gathered in the jungle for the Christ Child. Father Jose joyfully gave thanks for this hopeful budding of Christianity.  Today the Christmas cactus still blooms each winter with its message of faith and hope.” – Santa

Reference: Santa Lives

15 thoughts on “Christmas Cactus Series – 2013

  1. Your writing captured the beauty of the story, and your photography was equally vivid and wonderful! (My Christmas Cactus celebrated the spirit early–in October–and will bloom again, even fuller, in late February. It’s done this for six years now.)
    Many blessings, Robyn.

    • Good morning Marylin! Thank you for taking time to comment. I can’t take credit for the story – I found that at Santa when I googled “Christmas Cactus Story”. It is a simple page that only includes the story of the Christmas Cactus and how to care for them. I am unsure who the author is so my reference is a little funny! I have only had my Christmas Cactus for one year. I was thrilled when it bloomed, I wasn’t sure it would. How awesome that you get to enjoy the beautiful blooms twice a year. They are so unique and beautiful. A joy to have in the home. Take good care! Robyn

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