I love Christmas decorations, and I remember the many, many years when every inch of the house, inside and out, was decorated including several trees. Today, you could say my decoration are somewhat scaled back because everything that comes down from the attic must go back up. πŸ™‚

Poinsettias have always been a part of the season for me, and I have really enjoyed attending the annual UNH Poinsettia Open House which benefits the school.

But, December 2018 was the last Poinsettia Open House. 😦 The two-year horticulture degree was cancelled due to low enrollment. Translation – the number of students who enjoy working with their hands in the soil are dwindling.

Outside I put together live branches and winterberry branches to make a spray for the door.

When I was at my grandparents for the Christmas holidays, my Grandfather would go out into the woods and cut branches. My Grandmother and I would then put together sprays – never wreaths, just sprays. To this day if I make a spray of fresh greens, I’m a happy woman.

This time of year also starts the cold season which means we try every concoction out there to get rid of the cold symptoms.

Recently, I learned about Cold Bee Gone which was created by a woman who lives about 16 miles from me.

The only challenge was it was sold out everywhere we went except on Amazon where the shipping was ridiculous.Β Finally after leaving our name at a local store, we got a call – new shipment in.

I tried it yesterday because I was feeling a few symptoms. It comes out like you would expect honey to, and it smells like honey but with a small kick. As you breathe in, it opens up the sinuses.

Miracle cure? I have no idea, but I do know it’s natural, made in the USA, and it doesn’t come via prescription which is always a plus with me.

As we start the count down to Christmas Day, here’s hoping you’ll enjoy the next couple of weeks, your decorations are shining bright, and you are cold free. πŸŽ„

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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44 Responses to HO HO HO

  1. Joyce says:

    I love your door spray! Simple and classy!
    I’m sorry about the demise of the Poinsettia Open House and sale. I’ve enjoyed seeing your post every year and wondering if I’d find a color I like better than plain old brilliant RED. Nope! Not even this last chance!
    My decorations become less spectacular every year too. I inventory my boxes downstairs every year and sigh….”If I bring you up, I’ve gotta bring you back down again in 6 weeks!” We have a live 8′ tree every year, though, and a candle in each window of our colonial home with a simple wreath on the front door, too, and that’s enough for me!
    Christmas blessings to you, Judy!

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    • Although I enjoy and admire all the gorgeous colors, red is my color too. I have the candle in the window as well. I guess we’re leaving the light on for each other as well as the intended guest. πŸ™‚ Funny that you have to bring them up, and I have to bring them down. πŸ™‚


  2. Your gallery of poinsettias is beautiful! I love all the colors. Very sad the program is ending. I love the spray you made.

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  3. Annie says:

    Sad that that 2-year horticulture degree is discontinued, but when interest wanes, the hard decision must follow. I know two local young women who are graduates of that school and very successful in the horticulture field. Both of them sang the program’s praises.

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for what might become a stocking stuffer (if I can find it). It’s sad to read that the hands-on program is being cancelled due to low enrollment. It reminds me of when they cancelled shop classes around the country. I can’t imagine not working with my hands in some way. The spray is beautiful. We have cut way down on decorations, but I still string lights on one small tree in the yard, and I still remember hanging lights with my dad, every time.

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    Surprising the horticulture degree was cancelled. Your spray is perfect. Here’s wishing you a cold-free winter.

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  6. I love your ‘spray’ too.
    We too have the dilemma of what comes down from the attic will have to go back. Last January I made a space in the spare room for some of the decorations for the day when we can’t get up the ladder!
    I’d love to get hold of some of that cold remedy. I shall ask our local health store if they can source it. πŸ™‚

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    • When I get it down and take it back up, I think of those electronic devices you attach to the ceiling of your garage to store items off the floor that raise and lower with a remote. Now, if they made one to fit through the attic access panel, I’d be checking one out for sure. πŸ™‚ Yes, the health food stores and small privately owned stores around here sell it. There is a local NH tv show that showcased it and apparently everyone’s inventory flew out the doors. Applause to the small business owner for sure. πŸ™‚


  7. Murphy's Law says:

    Over the past few years I have pared down on decorations as well. What goes up must come down! Your spray is so beautiful. I like sprays better than wreaths.

    What a gorgeous collection of poinsettias. The array of colors always amazes me. What a shame that the program has ended. This is the price of profit. So sad.

    I am definitely intrigued by Cold Bee Gone. Definitely going to check it out. Post nasal drip is my constant, uninvited companion. Sure worth a try. And not made in China!!!
    πŸ”Ή Ginger πŸ”Ή

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  8. bikerchick57 says:

    Pretty! I love poinsettias, Judy. Unfortunately, they are poisonous to cats, so I have to admire the plants in the stores.
    Have a wonderful holiday season and Christmas!

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  9. You’re so right about shipping costs — they can be prohibitive! Hope you feel better soon.
    Last week, my friend hosted a lunch to help a young woman sell her natural products from plants and trees on her family’s property. She is one young woman who is no afraid to work with her hands, and who loves nature. We are so very proud of her, and her products are excellent too!

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  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    We finally put up our decorations on the weekend. The objective was to seriously scale everything down to ‘just a tree’.

    Yeaaaaah … no.

    Once I got started it became a little more, and a little more, and a little more. I think I might be back to 100% decoration again πŸ˜†

    I love your arrangement. Every year I think I’d like to try something creative like that … and never do. Maybe next year πŸ˜‰

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    I love your evergreen spray, the cardinal is a nice touch. I’ve downsized my Christmas decorations as well. No tree this year due to the new kitty, but I’m liking the fact that I won’t have to dismantle everything in a few weeks. The only thing I lament is the lack of Christmas cards as few folks send them anymore. I used to send/receive dozens, but its trickled to a mere handful. At least I still have my Christmas music!
    So sad about UNH cancelling their hort. program. It feels like a great loss, we need farmers/gardeners!

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  12. We haven’t got any decorations out yet. That will be a weekend job once I’m on our long summer holiday this weekend! Yay, six glorious weeks. At least I don’t have any stairs or attics to negotiate. Your door spray is gorgeous.

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  13. joey says:

    Well that’s neat! I will check that Bee Gone stuff out if/when we need it.
    I don’t much decorate, because in my space that’s clutter and I can’t cope. HOWEVER, I love to visit homes that are replete with Christmas decoration because it really does enhance my mood. My mother-in-law does it up nice, for one.
    I’d like to have poinsettias all across the top of my bookshelves. But cats. And don’t think I haven’t considered spending pretty pennies on faux πŸ˜‰
    I like sprays, too. I like wreaths, but sprays are nice, like scarves πŸ™‚

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  14. treadway says:

    I do love that spray…I so wish computers could transport the smells…at least the ones we want.

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  15. Oddment says:

    Thank you for telling us about Cold Bee Gone! I am definitely going to look for it! As to decorating, I too have fewer decorations — but just as many memories! So many decorations bring back people and places long gone. I think it’s wonderful how your beautiful green spray brings back your grandparents.

    The end of the horticulture program is sad indeed; I hope the students who were enrolled in it have an alternative. I think that gorgeous sea of poinsettias will be missed!

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  16. KerryCan says:

    I love the look of poinsettias but I read somewhere they’re poisonous and I have curious cats. I’ll stick with greenery, I guess, like your pretty spray!

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  17. Ally Bean says:

    I adore your holiday spray– and I’m not talking the one for head colds. Although it might be nice, too. I prefer swags and smaller sprays, but they aren’t the done thing around here, so a wreath it is.

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  18. Your Christmas spray is lovely! What a wonderful memory of your Grandparents too. Their gift to you keeps giving I love that!

    Colds…ah! #1 Grandson brought one nearly a month ago and the cough still lingers. 😭

    I hope you stay cold free and enjoy the next couple of weeks too!

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  19. dezertsuz says:

    Your door spray is beautiful, as are the memories which go with it. The cold treatment sounds like it could be great! I saw your comment on lovethosehandsathome, about learning to hand quilt. I didn’t know if you knew about the Hand Pieced Quilt Along that starts in January. It’s for hand-piecing a small 9-block quilt (6″ blocks, finished size) beginning to end. Hand-Pieced QAL has information, if it sounds interesting to you. If you can hand-piece, you can hand quilt the same stitch. The piecing would give practice in getting even stitches, and it wouldn’t show on the finished quilt. =) I’m not part of the team, just thought it might serve your learning wants.

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    • You made my day by stopping by. Thank you. πŸ™‚ I will go check the link out because I just might be able to work on a block rather than a larger piece. Again, thank you, and this is why I love the blogging community – it’s full of nice folks. πŸ™‚


      • dezertsuz says:

        Thank you. I watched the video about hand piecing on her partner’s sight, and it’s good. It’s followed on YouTube by Becky Goldsmith and Maryann Fons, and it was good reinforcement to watch them all, but they mostly said the same thing. I thought Kristin’s post was actually the best of the three. Or Patty’s site that I linked has a good tutorial with pictures on her blog. I think it will go faster than most people believe hand piecing does!

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  20. Beautiful spray, Judy! What a fun time to make merry with decorations and beautiful Christmas poinsettias! Tis the season…

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  21. We used to have lots of local nurseries, but over the years we’ve lived here — nineteen — pretty much all of them closed. Some people simply got too old to run them and there were no kids to take over. A couple just disappeared. No one knows if they got sick or retired or what, but they were just gone. Two years ago, we had ONE left and it’s abandoned now. So you can buy plants at the grocery store or the lumber yard, but otherwise? I always wanted to have a nursery. Even if it was just a little room off my house. Didn’t happen, but at one point I did have a house that LOOKED like a nursery πŸ˜€

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  22. Forestwood says:

    I had a laugh a the Cold Bee Gone product. Pharmaceuticals with a sense of fun! Happy to take as much cold weather as you can send to me. (It is hot and humid here). Even with the odd cold thrown in. Beautiful Poinsettias! They ooze festivities!!

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