"Another horror in the name of Xmas " as Philippa says !
Xmas is the horror ! All based on a myth .
Overspending , credit card debt and all the rest . All for what ..........? Profit !!
Brought up as a Roman Catholic (no choice) , I managed to rid myself of the brain-virus called religion at about 13 years ; anyone studying Cosmology and Astronomy will no doubt agree !
Take a look at Carl Sagan's 'Pale Blue Dot' on YouTube ; as a dedicated atheist (like myself) , he realised that we are totally inconsequential as far as the universe is concerned . We have no need for belief in 'gods' .
No one would know we have ever existed ;the sheer distance involved to even our closest stellar system (Alpha Centaurii) (50 million million miles), or 4.2 light years negates this ; all our puerile problems , politics , warfare fade into insignificance when compared to the sheer scale of the universe as we currently understand it .
Our planet (which we are ruining) orbits a relatively ordinary star in a quiet 'backwater' of our galaxy ; one of probably two-trillion possible solar-systems .
The prosaic 'twinkling' stars on Xmas cards conjure up a relatively 'romantic' image ; distantly removed from actual reality .
Apologies for diverging from the subject of plants , but agree with all the above posts .
Incidentally ; Happy Xmas everyone!!!!!!