My aunt gave me a Christmas lily bulb when she was visiting for Thanksgiving. She gave me very brief care instructions and told me that it would bloom by Christmas.
I took it home, carefully followed her instructions and waited. A few days later, the stem started to emerge from the bulb. I waited some more.
Christmas came and went without so much as a bud on the end of the stem. I was just sure that I'd done something wrong and that it would die rather than bloom.
Wednesday, January 26, it looked like this:
Yesterday, January 27, it finally emerged. Absolutely beautiful.