Show and Tell - Christmas Cactus

Time for Kelli's Show and Tell, for more go to Kelli's No Place Like Home and join in!

Today I'm showing my new Christmas Cactus. It was already blooming last week, so I may do like my grandmother did and call it a Thanksgiving Cactus! My grandmother, "Mama Mitchell" always had a really big cactus blooming each year at Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas. This one has a lot of little buds and I hope I can get it to grow and bloom as pretty as Mama's, and keep it alive from year to year like she did. I always think of her when I see them. Her birthday was Christmas Day.

My second Show and Tell is my new Yellow Rose Arbor banner at the top of the page. I have a collection of Nativity Sets. The Nativity above is one of my newest, I bought it at Hobby Lobby last month. I love to create different vignettes with each Nativity to display during the Christmas season. This one is on a small metal mirror, surrounded with shiny gold roses.

I also want to give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord first for coming to be our savior, and for answered prayers. Today we went back to Mayo Clinic for a follow-up on Joe's cancer treatments. They think all is well, but he won't have an MRI until January. The radiation continues to work for eight to ten weeks after the last therapy.

I won't be here next week to participate in S&T. We will be out-of-town from Saturday to Saturday, so I won't be online after late Friday night. I won't finish my Christmas decorating until I return next week. So far I only have two Nativity vignette's done. I'll start posting the others next week. Please return to see them!

Thank you for your interest, please leave a comment!



Alison Gibbs said...

Katherine, What wonderful news for Joe. Just love the Christmas cactus. they are such a lovely colour.

Lady_MSnow said...

The Christmas Cactus is very pretty. :D

Jane said...

Your cactus looks so healthy and beautiful! I tend to kill all of my plants - so it is better at your house!

I like your new header to. What a beautiful reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

Have a nice time away. We will see you when you get back.

Anonymous said...

Who wouldn't love to have one of these festive plants. Yours is just so pretty.

Take care,

Hootin' Anni said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm, very pretty. And oh such a festive color the christmas cactus has!! I hafta get me one before the holidays. [my mom used to have such good luck with hers it was huge!! I don't know what happened to it when she passed on, but I've always loved the fragile flowers!!]

I have a tea set today myself for show n tell. Drop by if you can. :o)

Kelly said...


Praying for Joe. Your Thanksgiving cactus bloomed so prettily and your Nativity scene is beautiful. I love Nativity sets, as well.

Have a glorious weekend in Him! :o)

Mary said...

A wonderful show and tell. The header is nice and the cactus flowers remind me of the cactus that Mom had. I had one also, but alas, mine died after many years. I may try growing one again.

Have a safe and enjoyable trip. Blessings,

Penless Thoughts said...

I love Christmas Cactus. We have had several but have never been able to get them to re-bloom after the first year :o(

Penless Thoughts said...

I love Christmas Cactus. We have had several but have never been able to get them to re-bloom after the first year :o(

Lallee said...

Very pretty cactus, Katherine. I like the lacey doily around it. My cactus doesn't have any blooms on it yet, so it may not be a Christmas cactus this year.

Your new banner looks fabulous!

Enjoy your holiday and rejoice over Joe's health!

PEA said...

I've always admired the Christmas cactus but have never had one myself. The blooms are so beautiful and I love the colour!! Your header is gorgeous and I love the idea of making vignettes with the nativity! xo

ellen b. said...

The blooming cactus is beautiful and the nativity seems like it would be an antique, very cool...
Blessings on you

Kathy b said...

I had forgotten about Christmas "cacti",(is that the plural of cactus). I continue to stand with you in prayer for Joe's lymphoma to stay quiet and to be healed.

Lana G! said...

Beautiful cactus. Praying for Joe as well!

Lana G!

Mandy said...

Beautiful cactus! I love the colors!

Mammy said...

I've never had one bloom at Christmas, either. Mine finished its blooming before Thanksgiving. Hope yours lasts through the holidays.

Persuaded said...

You must have a green thumb- the cactus looks so bright and healthy. I'm afraid my thumb is dreadfully black!
I share your appreciation for Nativity Sets:-)

Alice said...

My Christmas cactus blooms at Easter. Yours is such a pretty color. I like your new header very much, a wonderful reminder of what we're celebrating. It's good to hear that Joe got a good report from the docs. I've been keeping him in my prayers. Enjoy your time away next week but I'll miss you.

nannykim said...

Beautiful colors on the cactus!! Hope your husband continues to do well.

Mommy said...

What a beautiful Catus. :) I like your new banner too. Glad things went well with the Cancer treatments. Have fun on your trip. :)

KJ said...

Your site is an inspiration! Thanks for a lovely and affirming visit!

Best Blessings, KJ

Kelli said...

Wonderful news about Joe, Katherine. I am rejoicing with you!
Your Christmas cactus is lovely and I also love your nativity vignette. Have a wonderful week away, we'll miss you!
P.s. I have had the Harney and Sons Holiday Tea and it is very nice!