Poinsettia – Flowers of the Holy Night

The reason we associate poinsettias with the holidays comes from an old Mexican legend. A young girl named Pepita was sad that she didn’t have a gift to leave for the baby Jesus at Christmas Eve services. Her cousin tried to comfort her and said that Jesus would love any present from her, even the smallest one. With no money to buy a real gift, Pepita picked a bouquet of weeds that she walked past on the way to church. (Other versions of the story say an angel came to her and instructed her to pick the plants.) When she got there, she left the weeds at the bottom of the nativity scene. All of a sudden, the weeds transformed into beautiful red flowers.

From that day on, they became known as “Flores de Noche Buena,” or “Flowers of the Holy Night.” – Reader’s Digest

FOTD (a big apologies for featuring the same flower for today) and Six Word Saturday

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Lookoom says:

    Thanks for the explanation, I was just wondering about this today when I noticed poinsettias decorating the shelves of my usual supermarket.

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    1. Teresa says:

      I bought this from the local shops and just got curious and so went to the ever reliable Google for some answers.

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  2. Debbie Smyth says:

    What a great background story. I didn’t know it. And no problem sharing the flowers around, Teresa. They have enough beauty for us all to enjoy. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Teresa says:

      Have a great weekend too, my dear! Yes, share the love and happiness!

      Like

  3. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for this. They are beautiful flowers. The season is short, reuse them as often as you like.

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    1. Teresa says:

      Good idea Dan! I know…the season should be longer like in the Philippines where it is celebrated from September.

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      1. Dan Antion says:

        Wow – that’s a holiday season!

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        1. Teresa says:

          Sure is 👍🏼

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  4. They’re so pretty. I just bought one yesterday. There’s a lovely children’s book by Tomie de Paola about the legend of the poinsettia.

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/313781/the-legend-of-the-poinsettia-by-tomie-depaola/

    janet

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    1. Teresa says:

      Wow, that is a good educational children’s book.

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      1. It is. All the books of his that I’ve even seen are very good.

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  5. So bright n cheery!

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    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes 👍🏼

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  6. Hammad Rais says:

    Wonderful captures indeed 🙂

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