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I learned about a houseplant that sounds like a perfect addition to our holiday decorations. Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is a house- plant that has clusters of plump, bright red berries and leaves that produce a spicy mint fragrance when crushed. There is no long Christmas tradition associated with this plant; I am mentioning it because it appeals to me and I thought you might be interested in investigating it. What Other Colors Are Associated with Christmas? Gold Gold was a gift of the Magi. This is a major cause for its tradition as a color associated with Christmas. Gold is the color accorded to the star that guided the Magi and shepherds to Bethlehem. It is also considered to be the color of the sun and of light and can be found in fire. Gold is a warm color that is especially valued in the cold month of De- cember. White White is considered a Christmas color for sev- eral historical reasons. White signifies peace and purity and is associated with the purity of Jesus. The fifth Advent candle, known as the Christ candle, is white. Sometimes, white paper cut-outs decorated par- adise trees. Wafers, the bread of communion and mass – times during which Christians remember that Jesus died for them – are white. White and/or gold are the colors of altar cloths used in many churches during the Christmas season. Snow, seen abundantly in many places at Christmas time (fortunately, not here!), is also white. Blue In medieval times, blue was the most expen- sive color to produce – even more expensive than gold! Therefore, it was associated with royalty and wealth. Because Mary was the mother of Jesus, blue was assigned to her to indicate her importance. Blue is also the color of the sky; it is thought of as a heav- enly color. In conclusion, I wish you a very colorful Christ- mas season! This article was written as a service to the com- munity. Thomasville Garden Club, Inc. wel- comes new members. If you are interested, please contact Membership Chair Helen Huddleston at 229-200-7295 or any current member. The Garden Center has a library of books about gar- dening that are available not only to garden club members but also to the general public. To access the library or to visit the Garden Center, please contact Julia Singletary at 226-5291 (the Garden Center telephone number) or any current mem- ber. You may contact Carla Inman at 229-403- 6048 if you are interested in renting the Garden Center for an event. The Garden Center is always open to the public on the Wednesday before the first Friday of every month, September through May. Please visit our website at www.thomasvil- legardenclub.org and find us on Facebook. Thomasville Scene December 2018 - January 2019 63