And perhaps the most surprising of all this fully green maple with one set of brilliant red leaves, like a special Christmas present for us all. I'm taking a blog break from today until sometime in the New Year. I treasure the friendships I have made through this blog and here is my Christmas prayer for each of you ... Reflection : Romans 15:13 (The Message) Oh! May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!