Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas in our Little Corner of the World...The Christmas Flower...

Do you know how the Poinsettia became the plant we most associate with Christmas?

Folklore has the poinsettia associated with Christmas first in Mexico, in the 16th Century.
According to legend, a very poor Mexican girl named Pepita wanted to take a gift to the church 
to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus.  She was so poor that all she could do was to gather
 together a bouquet of weeds.  When she brought the weeds to church, the little bouquet
blossomed into beautiful red flowers...the Poinsettias!
A Christmas miracle!!! 

Poinsettias are now known in Mexico as the Flores de Noche Buena de Mexico...
Spanish for the "flowers of the holy night".

Franciscan Friars in Mexico began to use the Poinsettias in their Christmas celebrations 
during the 17th Century.  The shape of the "petal" (the red bracts really aren't the flower...the 
yellow center is actually the flower) is said to symbolize the Star of David.  
The red color symbolizes the blood of Jesus from the crucifixion. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!!!

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