November 20, 2011

Christmas Poinsettias


I got my Poinsettias today! I wasn't planning on getting them so soon but my sister and I had an itch for cookies so we bundled up and ran to the store. The poinsettas where so enticing I couldnt resist! This year I picked out pink ones; I've always loved the red ones because they are so Christmassy but the pinks looked so sweet I decided to switch it up. 

Here is the story of how poinsettas became associated with the Christmas holiday:

"The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus."
Source: Wikipedia 

Do you buy Poinsettea's for your home every year? 
How do you take care of them? They can be a little sensitive to watering, my father uses a few ice cubes every day to water them, he swears by it. I might try that this year.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!






8 comments:

  1. That was very interesting! I have often wondered about the symbolism of the poinsettias. That candle looks good too! What is the scent?

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    Natasha.

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  2. Hi Jonquil,
    I lived in Mexico for a year and a half, and for Christmas we decorated our entire Christmas tree with poinsettias. Unfortunately, because we had two cats, we opted for the silk ones, as real poinsettias are poisonus if eaten by cats. Looked mighty pretty though. Yours are beautiful. Hope they last you awhile.
    Maureen

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  3. I love poinsettias, some years I've tried the white or pink, but still consider the red as the true classic. When I moved to south Texas in 1971 I was amazed to see large poinsettia shrubs growing outside...I had always only seen them in pots at Christmas time!
    Have a great Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you and yours,
    Carrie

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  4. I love poinsettias, but they are so expensive to buy here in my place. It's super duper hot in the Phil and poinsettias only grow in the mountains where it is cold. When men transport them in the low lands, they sell them like x4 of the price... they are very rare here. We can only avail and decorate our Christmas tree with plastic poinsettias. :-( how i wish they grow in our backyard.

    Btw, great know the story behind it.

    Advance Merry Christmas to you!

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  5. Poinsettias are one of my favorite flowers. Hubby always buys me a couple for decorating. I have kept them for several years as a houseplant up until last year. Lost them all for some reason over the summer. My mother got them to bloom each year. Maybe not right at Christmas but she had a green thumb for raising them.


    I too love the legend of the story of the poinsettia.

    Karan

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  6. I love poinsettias! My husband brought home a beautiful red one last year for me. It lasted up until April. That ice cube idea is great!! I'll try that! Thanks! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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