in this shiny new year, i continue to "grinch" my home and pack up christmas earlier than ever before. i set to gather up the holly, mostly dry and brittle, to take to the frozen compost pile, but stop when i notice this new growth, popping from the top of the cut stem. it seems a shame to not watch it, see what it turns into. it could be good diversion from the january cold and snow. so i keep it.