Christmas in February

By Johna Till Johnson

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Maggie’s Magic Garden

Last week I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while: I went to Maggie’s Magic Garden to take a few photos.

Vlad and I had passed this space many times. It’s a community garden, a small, open plot of land surrounded by buildings. As the seasons changed, it provided a lovely glimpse of nature amidst the urban setting.

So I was curious to see what I’d find in midwinter, after the first few snowfalls of the year. I don’t know what  I expected, but it wasn’t what I found: Christmas in February!

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Christmas in February

My favorite part of the Christmas decorations was the homemade creche, with what looked like a bedsheet draping over the figurines. (Also note the angled angel over the manger.)

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Homemade creche

And there were more secular decorations as well…

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Bright candy canes

Alas, I wasn’t able to get into the garden to explore—despite the sign, it was closed when I visited. But it clearly lives up to its description: Magical indeed. I’ll be back there in the spring, to see what magic is afoot then!

7 responses to “Christmas in February

  1. What a fun and imaginative place! We’ll enjoy seeing what comes next.

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  2. What a delight. Thank you for sharing. I’m looking forward to your visit in the spring!!

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    Nice surprise!

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  4. thanks for sharing! love the creche! :)

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  5. What a pleasure to treasure the magic of a wonderful story and time of year without the pressure spiritual or commercial. Being in and of New York, New York doesn’t hurt either, I say yes to your creative whim to share the ultimate pictures of care. Thank you

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