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A little floral safety

The Christmas holiday season is here –– and decorating with real greenery and flowering plants makes our homes joyful and festive.
However, there are some safety precautions we all should take, especially if there are pets and small children in the home.

Poinsettias
Would Christmas be the same without them? No, but do not leave them in reach of any pet or child who might chew on the leaves or small berries, as both are toxic.

Mistletoe
We all love the traditional kiss under the mistletoe, but the berries can make a small child or pet extremely ill if ingested.

Holly
The small, bright red berries might look delicious, but they are definitely not. They are very toxic.
These three holiday favorites can still be enjoyed with the proper precautions.
While we are on the subject of safety, it is a good idea to check your extension cords, light cords, and other holiday equipment for frayed wires and replace them as needed.
Nothing is more beautiful and spiritual than an Advent wreath, whether it is made of artificial or real greenery. As always with candles, be careful they are not near anything flammable.
With a few precautions, your Christmas can be wonderful and blessed. Enjoy the season!!! It is always my favorite time of the year.

Sophie Aue is a lifelong gardener and a member of the Ennis Garden Club.

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