When John and I were first married, he was in the Air Force, so we moved from Alabama to South Dakota. Whew! Quite a change for a girl from small town Alabama. I was homesick, so on our first Christmas, we drove for 24 hours straight to make it home on Christmas day. Since then, though, with babies and extended family, our Christmases have been filled with family traditions. We cut down a tree from a tree farm and Santa comes in the morning. Then we have brisket with our families and open family presents. This Christmas was our first while owning a small business--our new flower shop in the Krog Street Market. We didn't have time to shop for presents or get a tree until Christmas eve. Did you know they don't sell trees on Christmas eve? This forced us to chop down a spindly pine tree that night so as to have one for our family arriving the next day. My photography was not the best on this one; otherwise, I'd show you a picture. It was really cute. I made centerpieces from farm evergreens and succulents. Again, bad photography. Sorry. Nothing could compare to our first Christmas morning on the farm though. This is how it looked. (good photography, Cindy!)
Since we didn't have time to buy many presents, we gave most of our family orange trees. They loved them. Who wouldn't? Just keep it inside for winter with lots of light. In the spring, after frost, put them outside in an adorable pot. Then get ready for oranges, come November.
See, I told you it was cute. We still have some in our store if you want one. Our nursery guy told us that they're not sure what they've propagated, so they just call it a dwarf orange. They might be mini kumquats though because one of our customers from the Spotted Trotter eats them. I don't suggest that. They're strictly ornamental, but I think every home needs one.