Xmas Lessons

Deck the hallz. Personally, I think Paperwhite Narcissus are just as important as a tree in channelling the holiday spirit in one’s home. If you want them to bloom by Xmas, you’d better start forcing them this week (it’s Dec. 4th). Here’s how!

You will need:
Shallow container(s)
Small package of pebbles, marbles, or stones
About 5 paperwhite bulbs per container (about $1 each)
Optional: Vodka

Galilea Paperwhite Narcissus

"Galilea" Paperwhite Narcissus

Fill the container(s) with 1-2 inches of pebbles. Position in as many bulbs as will fit (pointed tip up) on top. Fill the container with enough water so the bottoms of the bulbs are submerged. Put your little guys in a room-temperature spot with plenty of sunlight and check them daily for water. Narcissus can grow really tall and flop over. You can either buy a shorter variety (like mine, called “Galilea”); wait and tie the shoots together with decorative ribbon; or stunt them with a little shot of vodka as soon as you can see green shoots. Once they flower in 2-3 weeks, move them out of direct sunlight to prolong their lifespan. Fancy container aside, this whole project should cost less than $10, a small price to pay for their amazing fragrance.

Speaking of frugality, why not exchange lesson for lesson this holiday season in lieu of material gifts? You might spare a Walmart employee’s life, among other things! I’m definitely asking for quilting lessons for Christmas. I love the idea of a functional, durable piece of art that demands so much time and patience.

Hot damn, just look at this quilt!

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1 Response to “Xmas Lessons”


  1. 1 basha December 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    this is a great entry. materialism mixed well with meaningful sentimentality. maybe when i graduate i’ll start quilting…?


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