The Gift of Fellowship

If I could encourage readers of this blog to do one thing this Christmas it would be to fellowship with those around you. The term fellowship brings to mind thoughts of friends and family and those we love coming together to enjoy one another’s company at Christmas. From days of old, people gather together for the holidays even if at no other time of the year. We decorate our homes and put out goodies for people to enjoy. For some, its a welcome respite from a year of worry and strife.

Each year, we look for decorations that are fresh, versatile and evoke a sense of the holiday cheer. This year is no different.

"Chocolate & Spice" Fresh Noble Fir Mantle Piece

“Chocolate & Spice” Fresh Noble Fir Mantle Piece

Thanks to P. Allen Smith & Berry Nurseries , I have the opportunity to use Allen’s holiday greenery collection in my home and possibly an opportunity to share holiday greenery with a favorite local charity.  Here’s how it works: photos from this post are being posted to Allen’s Pinterest board and the photos that are most “Liked” & “Repinned” will win fresh greenery for their charity. Click HERE to photos from this post on Pinterest Voting ends December 9th. 

I have selected Fellowship House a local Birmingham program that since 1965 has provided substance abuse recovery programs designed to serve the special needs of individual who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction and co-occurring disorders.

People who suffer from mental illness often turn to substance abuse to ease their pain. This complicates their illness and often leaves them in a never ending cycle of abuse. Fellowship House is the only program in the state of Alabama that offers treatment for this dual diagnosis and has had wonderful success treating individuals who enter the program. I have visited there on several occasions and their dining hall could surely use greenery from this collection to brighten spirits this holiday season.

During the summer, no one visits our garden and leaves without a rose. In winter, no one leaves without a cup of tea and some goodies and if possible share a meal with us.

Chocolate & Spice Mantle Piece is so versitle. It made a perfect centerpiece for our sideboard

Chocolate & Spice Mantle Piece is so versatile. It made a perfect centerpiece for our sideboard

This Mantle Piece also makes an excellent centerpiece for our holiday table. It's low, we you can see folks across the table!

This Mantle Piece also makes an excellent centerpiece for our holiday table. It’s low, so you can see folks across the table!

I hope you’ll jump over to Allen’s Pinterest boards and vote for my photos and help bring a sense of hope and fellowship this Christmas…. 

Photos should be posted by 12/3/2013


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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6 Responses to The Gift of Fellowship

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  2. Fellowship+Community+ Unity + Hope= one lovely post and I am heading over to cast my vote. Just for the record I like this more than a mere post status but the way things need to be if humanity is to stay humane.
    Peace to you and yours this Season of Hope.


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