11 Weeks Until Christmas – Meaning Behind Poinsettia

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With only 11 weeks until Christmas, I am feeling the Christmas vibes. Here to share with you:

What is the meaning of poinsettias?

*The December birth flower.

*Also known as the Christmas Star and Christmas Flower, Mexican Flame Leaf, Winter Rose, Noche Buena and, in Turkey, Atakurk’s Flower, because it was the favorite flower of Atakurk, the founder of modern Turkey.

*Poinsettia plants are native to Central America where they flower during the winter.

*Considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbols of purity.

*Named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, first United States ambassador to Mexico and the amateur botanist who introduced the plant to the U.S. in 1825

*It’s said that poinsettias’ association with Christmas comes from a Mexican legend. The story goes that a child, with no means for a grander gift, gathered humble weeds from the side of the road to place at the church alter on Christmas Eve. As the congregation witnessed a Christmas miracle, the weeds turned into brilliant red and green flowers.

*In today’s language of flowers, red, white or pink poinsettias symbolize good cheer and success and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.

*The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.

*The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus.

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