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Holiday Cheer from the Kemper Center

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Holiday Cheer from the Kemper Center
‘Nature’s Helpers’ was the 2016 gourdament theme. Staff and volunteers used their artistic talents to create the beautiful gourdaments. This has been a tradition at Kemper Center for 10 years and everyone looks forward to this time of year. Our video slideshow gave a peek at some gourdaments from previous years. If you go to ‘Visual Guides’ on our website, you can see more gourdaments from over the years. The 2016 Gourdaments have just been added! The holiday decor...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: Christmas , nature crafts , Holidays | Comments (0) | View Count: (873)

Herbs in an Advent Wreath

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Herbs in an Advent Wreath
A long-standing holiday activity in our home is to make an Advent wreath for the table which reminds us of the blessings and special meaning this season brings.  I use herbs to make our wreath and enjoy the significance that many of them bring to this favorite tradition.  Some of the herbs I include in our wreath are boxwood, juniper, lavender, rosemary, sage, and thyme.  Most of these herbs were used during biblical times and are mentioned in the Bible, making their use in Advent...
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What Holiday Cacti do you have?

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What Holiday Cacti do you have?
My Christmas cactus is blooming right now but why do some bloom around Easter and Thanksgiving? There are three types of holiday cactus: Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus belong to the genus Schlumbergera but the Easter cactus is in the genus Rhipalidopsis. All have the same coloring and need the same care. There are two main differences between these cacti: 1. when they flowers, and 2. their leaf segments. To help figure out which cactus ...
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