Crestview woman's Christmas cactus covered in 200-plus blooms

Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM.

Mama's buds began to open earlier this week.

"It bloomed its heart out," Woodward said. "I know it has 200-plus blooms on it. She's just laden with them."

Woodward carefully covers Mama during cold nights to prevent damage. The plant is too heavy to be moved inside.

"Everybody says, 'Look after Mama.' There's a lot of sentimental value," Woodward said.

She calls her Lakeside East home "a memory house of Christmas." Each piece in the home, which is aglow with Christmas décor, holds a dear memory.

That's the way it should be, Woodward said.

"I think people have a tendency to lose the closeness of family," she said. "I have stories about everything in this house."

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