Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Countdown, Day 12: Poinsettia Day

 
An Act of Congress declared December 12 as National Poinsettia Day to honor Joel Poinsett
 who introduced the Mexican plant to the United States~~who knew!
 Today's the day to appreciate these imports and give one to someone you love.
 

And, perhaps, you'll like this 16th century legend:
A little girl who had no gift for Jesus' birthday celebration was inspired by an angel to gather roadside weeds to place in front of the altar.
When she did, the leaves turned blood red and the "Christmas Star" was named. Since then, Franciscan friars in Mexico include poinsettias in their December masses.
 
 
Happy Poinsettia Day!
 
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4 comments:

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Becky
Beautiful poinsettias you show - probably one of the most popular flowers in Denmark.
Ønskerdig a good day :)
Hugs Hanne Bente

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

No kidding??

I am looking forward to 12:12 today (12/12) Dunno what I am going to do....but looking forward to it all the same!

Linda said...

I like this legend and the Mexican Franciscan friars' tradition.

raisingahappyfamily-momof8 said...

oh my gosh...I am learning so much stuff here! love the Christmas Star legend...
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