Monday, December 2, 2013

Countdown, Day 2: Pomegranates & Palms

A popular legend tells that the first Christmas tree came from Germany when Martin Luther, inspired by a starlit sky on a wintry night, cut down a small pine tree, took it home to his children,
 and decorated it with candles to represent Christ, the Light of the World.

I like the legend and practice of decorating a pine tree but, this year,
I'm looking to the palm trees of Bethlehem as the centerpiece of our holiday celebration.

Stock-free image from 123RF

The impulse toward decorating around a palm tree comes from this memory:
The first time we visited Florida, it was December and holiday crowds were out.
Along the drive to our hotel, we suddenly stopped the car.
There, in a scene set under palm trees on a triangle of land along the road, was a live Nativity.
We parked and walked nearer to hear Mary who was holding her child and singing Christmas songs.
A choir of angels joined in now and then, while shepherds moved their sheep over
the grassland and wise princes rode about on horses.
 Starting points: Areca palm & traditional topiary.
And so, it begins...
... the gathering of house ornaments.
My thoughts of a winter garden start to take shape
 as green pots come out of my kitchen cupboards...

... and this exotic lime-green Pothos plant comes home from the garden center.

At the grocery store, I can't resist the leathery-red patina of pomegranates in the produce aisle.
For years, I wondered how to open them but, recently,
 a handy how-to handout solved the mystery.

If opening a pomegranate is a mystery for you, click HERE.
Blake will show you how :)

'til tomorrow :)


Linda@arichtapestry said...

Those lime green leaves, the topiary and the palm will be an unusual base for your Christmas display. The pomegranate is very Biblical and a lovely addition. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your decorations.


Your home is so beautiful and I love that it is based on a memory of one of your first times in Florida. Of course, I love the green.

I must try a pomegranate.


Dewena Callis said...

Pomegranates & Palms, don't you love how those two words sound together? My lips even feel like they're pronouncing a gentle blessing.

Lovely greens to go with the pomegranates.

S. Etole said...

Your plants look so lush and happy.