Every year I get a couple of amaryllis to force for Christmas bloom. There is something about red blooms in the house in December (whether poinsettias or amaryllis) that just make the house seem more Christmassy.
This year, it was Wal Mart bulbs -- one grew and one didn't. The sole survivor seemed to grow slower than usual, finally budded and stayed in bud forever. Christmas came and went without any bloom.
Coming back from the cruise, it had opened up -- as if to greet me and to say that although it is winter on the prairie, spring is on it's way.
In January, there is nothing like something in bloom to make you forget winter. This amayrillis is doing that job splendidly.