Tropical Gardening: Celebrating Christmas is about love and forgiveness

Euphorbia leucocephala, also known as snow on the mountain, is now in full bloom as Maunakea is crowned with the first snow of the Christmas holidays. This large shrub to small tree is not often available in nurseries or garden centers but is easily grown from cuttings like its close relative the poinsettia. (Courtesy photo/Voltaire Moise)

We often think about giving and getting gifts during this special season, but sometimes forget the real meaning of Jesus’ teachings. His commandments to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself may be universalized to Christmas aspirations for peace on Earth and good will toward men