Before I embark on a new topic, I wanted to share our experience and a few photos of our “Thankful” tree.

We asked each of our guests to write what they are thankful for on one of the paper leaves and tie it to a branch.  Simple enough, right?  Here’s what’s truly interesting.  Every single person took a moment, maybe two, to think – to really think about what it was they were thankful for.  It was a beautiful thing, but then it hit us.  An epiphany!  The actual act of pausing, thinking and appreciation became the moment of gratitude – thankfulness within itself.  In other words, we are so blessed to have a moment to think, and reflect on the many things we are grateful for.  Indeed we are blessed.

I must admit.  I’m not a big fan of Poinsettias, and I recently discovered I’ve been misspelling the word for years.  With that being said, I thought I might offer you some alternatives, which are just as festive and perhaps even more beautiful.


Tropical looking bulb which takes only 4-6 weeks to flower.



Yes, the herb.  Rosemary was once as popular as holly and mistletoe.  Wreaths, candle rings and topiaries can be made out of Rosemary.  Just be sure to keep it in a cool, brightly lit place.

Christmas Cactus

Be sure to place in direct sunlight and water thoroughly, but allow moderate drying between waterings.


Beautiful, white flowering plant known for their attractive foliage.  Flowers can last 2-3 months.  Flowers have been described as little butterflies.  Keep in bright light with cool conditions.

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember; and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.”

William Shakespeare

Best wishes,

Kim Sweeney