Anyone in New Zealand will tell you that it's not really Christmas until you have a bunch of Christmas lilies in your house. The heady scent, rich as incense, will easily fill a room and anyone walking in immediately takes a deep breath and says, "Ahhh. Christmas lilies!"
You can buy them pretty much anywhere at this time of year, but mine of course are from my garden. I grew these from seed about 3 years ago, and this year is their best yet. I think they look pretty fine in this patch, surrounded by complimentary tones of silver and magenta. The neighbouring pink godetia provide a soft frilly contrast to the sleek lily buds.
I brought two stems in and put them in my biggest vase with some airy bunches of gypsophila. It might be a bit of a cliche putting these two together, but I think the tiny pink fairylike flowers are a nice contrast to the huge lily heads. Some more gypsophila in a little jug helps keep the arrangement from being too static.
Breathe in, and say it with me. "Ahhh. Christmas lilies!"