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Nature’s Beauty at Christmas: How did the poinsettia became synonymous with Christmas?

Nature’s Beauty at Christmas: How did the poinsettia became synonymous with Christmas?

The poinsettia is often seen as the quintessential flower of Christmas and is a key part of holiday flower arrangements during the festive season. How did this brightly-colored plant become so closely associated with Christmas?  

The story behind the poinsettia as a symbol of Christmas dates back to 16th century Mexico, where legend has it that a young girl named Pepita had no money to give the church at Christmas Eve services. Being as poor as she was, she gathered weeds from the roadside and fashioned them into a small bouquet. According to legend, when she placed these weeds on the church altar, they miraculously blossomed into bright red poinsettias. This story about Pepita and her ugly-to-beautiful offering is the reason why Mexicans refer to the plant as "The Flower of the Holy Night." 

Nature’s Beauty at Christmas: How did the poinsettia became synonymous with Christmas?

In modern times, poinsettias are widely associated with Christmas due to their vibrancy and delightful shapes. They come in an array of colors ranging from classic reds and whites to pinks and purples, making them perfect for holiday decorating. Many people enjoy bringing the poinsettia into their home as part of a festive holiday display. Take care of your poinsettia by making sure to keep it away from drafts and areas of extreme heat or cold, as these can shorten the life of this beautiful flower. In addition, be sure to water your poinsettia regularly and use special fertilizers specifically designed for poinsettias in order to ensure that it remains at its peak for as long as possible. With proper care, your poinsettia will bring joy and beauty into your home during the Christmas season. 

Poinsettias make a perfect gift during the holidays 

A poinsettia also makes an excellent gift for friends and family during the holidays. Whether you choose to bring the potted flower to a holiday party as a host/hostess gift or arrange for flower delivery in Ottawa, your loved one is sure to appreciate the beautiful and thoughtful gesture. And you don't need to worry about pets or kids, because despite a bad reputation, poinsettias are actually not as toxic as widely believed.  

So, next time you are admiring a poinsettia at Christmas-time, think back to little Pepita and her inspiring story of giving without expecting anything in return. It is no wonder why this cheerful flower has become so deeply associated with Christmas! 

No matter how you choose to celebrate Christmas this year, a poinsettia is a great way to brighten up any decor during the festive season! Whether enjoyed on their own or used in a flower arrangement in your Ottawa home, they are sure to spread holiday cheer. Check out the full selection of holiday plants and flower arrangements at Terra Plants & Flowers, with same-day delivery available in the Ottawa area.