When I moved to Campbell River, three years ago, I bought a baby orchid; three stalks, a handful of leaves, a few inches tall. Now it's a foot and a half tall (45 cm.), has air roots and leaves sticking out in all directions. I've repotted it once.
And now, it has bloomed. In time for Christmas!
Better than a Christmas tree.
(I'm back. I got myself in over my head in things to do, but I've recovered my sanity now. I think.)