After 1,001 posts, I am taking a break . . . sort of. Really, I have been up all night on Christmas Eve, finishing my gardening column for next week. Now that I have finished, there is not sufficient time to write something for the blog within the next few minutes before midnight, (when I schedule my articles to post). I know I could post something after midnight, but will instead reblog this post from two years ago. I know that it is Wednesday, when I write something within the ‘Horidculture’ meme, but that somehow seems inappropriate for Christmas. Since I established this blog on September 1 of 2017, and did not post anything for September 2, this is only the second day that I did not post something new.
Update: After sending the gardening column out late last night, I was informed that the King City Rustler has been distributing it to the Morgan Hill Times, the Gilroy Dispatch and the Hollister Free Lance, for monthly publication. (Editors select from weekly articles.) I wrote for these three newspapers until the column was discontinued from them a few years ago. I was not aware that they were again publishing it. Nor do I know how long they have been doing so. It was a pleasant surprise.
As much as I dislike the tradition of exchanging gifts for Christmas, this was a rather delightful gift.
I really should see if the articles are being distributed anywhere else that I am not aware of. It would be nice to find that they are being published in Ventura County, which is the only coastal county between San Jose and Los Angeles that I have not yet written for (that I am aware of). It is difficult to know what newspapers are doing nowadays.
Does anyone else think that it is odd that Baby Jesus got only some frankincense, myrrh and gold for His first Christmas? I mean, it was the first Christmas ever, and that was the best that anyone could do? Well, maybe those gifts were something important back then. Maybe it was a good heap of gold. It just seems to me that three ‘wise’ men could have procured better gifts. More than two thousand years later, some of us are disappointed if we do not get a new Lexus on Jesus’ birthday, after He got only frankincense, myrrh and gold. (Get your own birthday!)
Although I do not remember my first Christmas, I know that my parents and others got excellent Christmas gifts for us kids when we were young. Our stocking that hung over the fireplace were filled with a mix of nuts, mandarin oranges, cellophane wrapped hard candies…
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