Christmas Wreath Tradition

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Hanging a wreath on the front door is a typical Christmas tradition, and we’ve enjoyed the tradition for many generations in my family. Growing up in a family of 11 siblings we were very creative and spendthrift on holiday decorations. So we would scour the wooded areas to find magnolia trees. The leaves are big and glossy and make a fabulous door wreath, table centerpiece or a mantelpiece arrangement. The Magnolia wreath was unique and adorned the front door.

The doors at my parents’ house were undoubtedly the prettiest in the small community where I grew up or so we thought. What a joy it was to use discarded wrapping paper tubes and wrap them in a shiny color of red, green or gold. They made such pretty tapered candles and taking the yellow construction paper to make the flame made them look all the more authentic. This piece of creativity we proudly reserved for the backdoor entrance.

After decorating our house, it was a must to visit my Grandmother several days before Christmas to get a good look at her wreath. It was always small, and she probably purchased it from the local five and dime store, but as children reveling in the Spirit of Christmas, we loved her decorations no matter the source or the size. After all, hot chocolate, cookies or an assortment of apples, oranges or some other fruit was ours just for the asking!

 

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Writing Inspiration: Summer Garden

If you are a gardener, the harvest you get throughout the growing season is a pleasant measurement of gardening success. My summer’s small garden planting was a smashing success! I’ve enjoyed adding fresh peppers and okra to my breakfast sage sausage, and with a little extra Thyme and Cumin Seed, the aroma and flavor-filled stir-fry is a real palate pleaser. In addition to the delicious vegetables featured in these pictures, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to grow eggplants, tomatoes, and onions. One vegetable that didn’t do so well was yellow squash. The plants did well, but the squirrels and other furry creatures loved the roots so needless to say, summer squash will not make the planting list for the 2019 summer garden.

There is a story in all the good vegetables pictured in this post. I will begin a story outline as soon as I finish some of the other writing projects at hand. For now, enjoy the pictures, and maybe you’re being inspired, just as I am in developing an end of summer themed story.

Picture #1 Okra, Pictures  #2 and #3 Purple and Green Bell Peppers