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Today is the Winter Solstice

The nights have gotten longer and longer as the days shrank for the last 6 months… Tonight is the longest night of the year! The ”Longest Night” aka: The Winter Solstice happens NOW!

Tomorrow we start tilting back towards the sun! The days will get longer again as we head through Winter toward Spring!

The Winter solstice is the shortest day of year and the official first day of Winter! Christmas 🎅🏻 is in only 4 days! And Spring will be here before we know it 😊 Things are looking up indeed!

“I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.

‘We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,’
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.”

~ Oliver Herford

Have a Great Day! AND, a Very Merry Christmas! 🎅🏻🎄

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Christmas Music Makes The Season Special 🎶🎅🏻
Saint Nick can pick a mean guitar 🎸

Every year I try to refine my ‘Top 10 Christmas songs’ to enjoy for the season. Christmas music is playing as I write this 🎅🏻 I hope you enjoy the music of the season as much as I do…
Top 10 Christmas List for 2021…

1- Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton

2- Tennessee Christmas – Alabama

3- Christmas in Paradise – Mary Gauthier

4- 25th December – Everything but the girl

5- Thankful for Christmas – Hayes Carll

6- Christmas Island – Jimmy Buffett

7- Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC

8- Merry Christmas from the Family – Robert Earl Keen

9- Please Come Home For Christmas – Eagles

10- Jingle Bell Rock – Daryl Hall & John Oates

This list should get you tapping, singing along, smiling and crying! 

Merry Christmas y’all!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Christmas Hours for Carter Country 🎄🎅🏻

In the interest of good communication I want to post next weeks Retail Nursery hours. You may not believe this, but next Friday is Christmas Eve 🤩 WOW how time has flown…

We will be CLOSED – Friday December 24th through Tuesday December 28th in observance of the holiday and will re-open for our normal Retail Nursery hours on Wednesday December 29th.

The whole team at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio wants to wish you all a Warm and Merry Christmas 🙏🏻

God Bless,

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Sunday Reflections…

What a day! it started early and is just now slowing down… I spent some time working in my gardens today. Beautiful, mild, late Fall day❤️ So nice out. That is changing now with the approaching cold front. Powerful storms, wind and rain coming. This will be the last of the ”Leaf Strippers” as Bill Way used to call em’. We are now really entering into a Winter look, bare trees will be awaiting Spring… Heres a few last pics of my Landscape color to enjoy…

Kousa Dogwood and the golden yellow of my Witch-hazel❤️
A couple of angles of my Japanese Maple ’Waterfall’ ❤️
Another of my favorite Japanese Maples, the ’Crimson Queen’ ❤️

We are only 16 days from the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. From now until that day, our daylight time shortens by 1 1/2 minutes each day 😳 BUT, after the 21st., the days start to grow longer again! That is when we are officially on the road to Spring! 👏🏻 Bring it says I!

So, lets enjoy our short Christmas season we have left, and be ready for an early Spring! 💥

“From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens – 
the garden outdoors, 
the garden of pots and bowls in the house, 
and the garden of the mind’s eye.”

~ Katherine S. White

Have a great evening!

Mark C.



Throwback Thursday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good Morning!!🌞 This beautiful picture popped up as a Facebook memory this morning from many years ago. Its probably my favorite Nativity scene ever! It was timed perfectly with the season, so I thought i would pass it along… If you are going to be down around Mobile Alabama for Christmas, this lighting display is worth going to visit! Its HUGE! And so beautiful!

This is the Nativity Scene at Bellingrath Gardens. I was told by one of the designers that this is the same one used at the Vatican… Pretty cool!

I hope your all ready to look at some Christmas lights this month, I know we are 😊

Have a great #Throwbackthursday!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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And It Begins…

Good morning! And welcome to December🎅🏻 The year has gone by so fast that it almost surprised me 😳 But here we are, last month of 2021 and Christmas is coming!

We have used our ”Days till Christmas” counter since Jacob was a little boy 😊 It makes it feel more “Christmasy” 🎅🏻

So much happens during December. Family dinners, Christmas parties, several family Birthdays and work really intensifies trying to finish the year… But, keeping in the spirit of the season is so important!

Christmas 🎄 is Coming!

Have a great day!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



The Realization Just Hit Me 🥊 Christmas IS Coming! 🎅🏻 

Thanksgiving is over… Black Friday is behind us! We started putting up our Thanksgiving decorations this morning and pulling old things out to get ready for Christmas. It really hit me like a ton of bricks 🧱 Christmas is less than 1 month away!

Wow right?! I think Christmas has gotten here faster than any year in my memory…

So it begins… Christmas is coming! 🎄

Have a great Holiday weekend!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Christmas Eve is Here! Were YOU Good?

All of our childhood dreams and fantasies hinge on this day and night 🌝 Santa flying through the sky in a magical sleigh 🛷 delivering toys and gifts to all the good kids… Was Santa a big part of your life as a child? He was ‘IT’ for me… Santa with Elvis a very close second 😊 (I’m being serious baby)…

I think Santa was in awe of Elvis…

So, here’s to all the good boys and girls out there 🥂 Were making a comeback 🎅🏻

Merry Christmas 🎄

A Visit from St. Nicholas

By: Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap, 
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow 
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer, 
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Have a Wonderful Christmas Eve!

Mark C.



Free Christmas Spirit | Jackson, TN

The last several evenings we have been loading up in our family sleigh 🛷 (truck) and venturing outward in search of beautiful lights and affordable (free) Christmas Spirit 🎄
PS: We struck gold a few times 😊
Its amazing what happens with some good music and a truck 🛻 full of loved ones ❤️ This place is in N. Jackson and worth the drive! The entire neighborhood is decorated to some extent, and some went all out!

Just WOW! You can park on the curb and walk through this one ☝🏻 So beautiful 🤩 Complete with Christmas tunes and a crowd of happy people doing the same.

This is the street! Located in Wrights Mill neighborhood. Take the kiddos, grandma, friends, whoever – along with your favorite Christmas music and a big thermos of Hot Chocolate 🎅🏻


my phone was going dead when I got this short video, but as you see… Spectacular!

It’s almost Christmas 🎄 Get out there 💥

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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A Beautiful, Silent Night 🙏🏻

Did you go outside last night to see the Star ⭐️ They say the alignment of these two heavenly bodies this closely hasn’t happened like last nights occurrence in around 800 years! WOW! Jo, Jacob and I all jumped in the truck right before sunset and drove down the road a ways to a clearing to get a good look 👀

This was an early view before the sky started to darken. That’s Jupiter and Saturn 🪐 up there, so close together that they form an even brighter, magnified ‘star’ ⭐️.

I didn’t get great pictures, mainly because of the camera I was using (iPhone) But it was pretty neat seeing what many think happened on the night of Christ’s birth so long ago.

This is the best closeup I got of the event. I told my son that it won’t happen again until 2080! I won’t be around to see it then for sure, but I sure hope he will. He can think back to when we saw it together in 2020 on the Winter Solstice ⭐️

Peace 🙏🏻 And Merry Christmas 🎄

Mark Carter