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!