Photo Friday: Holiday Bloomers and an Early Christmas

Right on schedule, my Thanksgiving/Christmas cacti are putting on their annual show. I keep them in a sunny window in my office, where I can enjoy them on a daily basis. I have one red one that I’ve had for several years. It was just called “Red Christmas Cactus” when I bought it. It’s a dependable bloomer despite it’s humble pedigree.

‘Red Christmas Cactus’ (click on any image to enlarge)

This pinkish one is called ‘Cristen’. The blooms are large, and it’s reliable and early too.

Schlumbergera ‘Christen’

‘Christmas Flame’ has golden yellow blooms.

Schlumbergera ‘Christmas Flame’


I have an unnamed white one that I must have gotten along with the red one. The blossoms on it are definitely smaller than the others, but it’s still a pretty Christmas cactus.

‘White Christmas Cactus’

My wife and I don’t do usually much for each other for Christmas. This year she made me a new camera strap to replace the old one she made for my birthday last year. She sewed it together using pieces from some old black jeans of mine, and some fabric we got in Hawaii earlier this year. The red material has a petroglyph motif, and fits in with all the petroglyphs we visited on our trip. It’s beautiful and functional, and the fact that she made it for me makes it extra special. Am I a lucky guy, or what?

handmade camera strap

She got herself a new iPad for Christmas. She got it early so she could get familiar with it before she takes it along on a big trip we have planned next year. We’re going to Australia, and she decided it would be great to do some e-reading while we’re gone. Plus it would be nice to have some contact with the rest of the world too. We should be able to use wi-fi services while we’re Down Under to check up on things back home.

For my Christmas I got myself something I’ve wanted to get for a long time – a Ukulele! But please don’t think I’ll be singing Tiptoe Thru The Tulips anytime soon. I’ve played guitar for years, and I was surprised at how fast I was able to pick up the uke and start playing. But compared to a guitar, it’s sooooo tiny! It has an amazingly big sound for such a little instrument though. The body is made from some lovely Golden Acacia wood.

all I want for Christmas is a ukulele

I hope you all have enjoyed a peek at some of the Christmas happenings here at HA. And Happy Friday to you all!


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3 Responses to Photo Friday: Holiday Bloomers and an Early Christmas

  1. LOVE the Kristen pink cactus. I’ve never seen one like that before. Your Christmas cactus plants look very healthy. Sadly, mine are neglected. I need to repot my Thanksgiving cactus. That has been “on the list” for about 10 years now. I also really like that you have a new camera strap of repurposed fabric. That’s green living in action.

  2. bunkie says:

    awesome cactuses! ours are blooming too!

    love the yuke!

    wonderful homemade camer strap!

    merry christmas!

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