Have you ever heard the old Mexican legend about how poinsettias became the flower of Christmas? It’s a sweet little story that has several versions, but basically goes like this:
There was once a poor Mexican girl named Pepita, who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. When Pepita knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene, the bouquet of weeds suddenly burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena’, or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.
The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought to be a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.
Do you decorate with poinsettias for the holidays?
I always have a few around in December. They add such festive color. I also love to grow some potted paperwhite narcissus for their beauty, but most of all their amazing fragrance.
This watercolor painting is my loose rendition of the Christmas poinsettia.
Cheers & Hugs,