Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Flower

An  ever-present ornament or decoration during Christmas is the poinsettia, also known as the Christmas Flower or Christmas Star.  

According to a Mexican legend, a child who was too poor to buy a gift in celebration of Jesus' birthday,  gathered humble weeds from the side of the road and placed it at the church altar.  A Christmas miracle happened and the weeds turned into brilliant red and green flowers.

While considered by the Ancient Aztecs to be a symbol of purity, today the red, white or pink poinsettia is considered as  a Christmas flower and symbolizes good cheer and success and is said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.

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