By Deliana
176 days ago

Christmas Cactus

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Legend has it the Christmas Cactus dates back many years to the land now known as Bolivia and a Jesuit missionary, Father Jose, who labored endlessly to convert the natives there. He had come across the Andes Mountains from the city of Lim nearly a year before. But he felt the people of this village on the edge of the great jungle were still suspicious. He had cared for the sick and shown the natives how to improve their simple dwellings, which leaked dismally in the rainy season. Most important, he had attempted to teach them the story of the Bible, especially the life of Jesus, though much seemed to be beyond their comprehension. He had told them about the beautifully decorated altars in cities during holidays, yet here it was Christmas Eve and he was on his knees alone in from of his rude altar. Then he heard voices singing a familiar hymn he had taught his flock. He turned to see a procession of the village children carrying armfuls of blooming green branches (which we now know as the Christmas Cactus) that they had gathered in the jungle for the Christ Child. Father Jose joyfully gave thanks for this hopeful budding of Christianity. Today the Christmas cactus still blooms each winter with its message of faith and hope.
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Tomi Very good article
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Violeta Beautiful cactus nice article
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Miki Beautiful cactus❤
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Tendz Love the Christmas Cactus story💝
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kavinitu Beautiful.. wonderful article
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frenchqueen Oh wow I’ve never seen this flower before. Thanks for the info.
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RalRey Beautiful story of the religious conquest of South America. Nice and interesting article. I did not know about this. Pretty the photo that illustrates it,
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Nevena83 so nice😃
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Deliana @frenchqueen You're welcome, my dear! 😘
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carmen3521 Beauty!!!! Great article!😍
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dorageorg Wonderful article!😃
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cathydkreations Very nice Christmas cactus thanks for sharing 😊
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Marinche80 Nice
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SuncicaZ Wonderful flower!
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Mirjana23 Amazing flower 💗💗💗
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