As the Christmas season rolls around again, I fondly remember the large Christmas cactus that my mother had, and I always enjoyed its beauty especially around Christmas when it was in full bloom. This houseplant has been a favorite since Grandma or Great Grandma’s day. It’s not unusual for a single plant to be passed down from generation to generation because they’re long-lived and rather easy plants to grow. I always wondered how my mother got the Christmas cactus to come into full bloom during the holiday season. To me as a small boy, it was another miracle of Christmas, just like how did Santa get down our chimney when the fire was blazing without getting burned.