December 12th is National Poinsettia Day

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December 12th is National Poinsettia Day

Did you know that this day forms a cultural bridge between the U.S. and Mexico?
The poinsettia is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family. Indigenous to Mexico and Central America, the poinsettia was first described by Europeans in 1834. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. Wikipedia. Poinsettias, originally known as “Flores de Noche Buena” or “Christmas Eve flowers,” are red, although farmers nowadays can grow yellow and pink varieties. … Mexicans call it “flor de nochebuena” or “Christmas Eve flower.” According to WhyChristmas.com “There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. … 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. The red-colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ.”

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