Christmas Eve Flower

The holidays and the end of the year are so quickly approaching us. Do you have all your gifts purchased or made? I know I have to get started on both of those.

How many of you are going to give the beautiful poinsettia to people when you stop by to say hi. After working in a gardening center for a couple of Christmases I become very familiar with how popular (and in how many colors it comes in) this Mexican plant is.

To add to your wonderful present… Here is the history of  how they became part of our traditions.

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As the story goes there was a poor Mexican girl called Pepita. Each child from the village would present a gift to the Christ Child at the Christmas Eve Services. Unfortunately, Pepita was so poor she had only had the clothes on her back, a gift wasn’t something she could give. As she and her cousin Pedro where on their way to the chapel, her heart became filled with sadness rather than joy. Seeing her sadness, her cousin tried to comfort her.

“I am sure Pepita,” Pedro said softly, “That even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes,”

Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt down by the roadside to gather a handful of common weeds. On her way to the chapel she busied herself by fashioned them into a small bouquet. Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she became sadder and even embarrassed by the humbleness of her offering. She began to cry as she entered the doors to the small village chapel. While approaching the alter, she remembered Pedro’s kind words.

She felt her spirits lift as she knelt down at the foot of the nativity scene. As she laid down the bouquet of weeds they burst into blooms of brilliant red. All those who witnessed the event believed that they had seen a Christmas miracle. And from that day forward, these bright red flowers were re-named as the Flores de Noche Buena, or the Christmas Eve flower. To us, they are known as the Poinsttia.

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No matter what, who, or how you are celebrating this season…  I hope you and all the ones you love have joyful times and create lasting memories.

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