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Poinsettia – Mexican Legend
Many years ago, a poor young
Mexican girl, Pepita, had no present to give the Christ Child at the
Christmas Eve Services that was part of her tradition every year. Her
heart was overwhelmed with sadness as she walked very slowly with her
brother Pedro toward the service. Instead of being happy as everyone
was during this festive time, Pepita felt very sad since she had
nothing to give.
explained, "I am sure, Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if given
in love, will be acceptable in His eyes."
did not know what else to do, so she knelt along the roadside and
picked a handful of weeds. She then arranged the weeds into a bouquet.
Even this did not help to console her as she now embarrassed along with
being sad at such a meager gift for the Christ Child.
walked into the chapel, she had to fight back the tears from her
sadness because she could not offer anything but this very humble gift.
slowly walked up to the alter, she remembered the words that Pedro had
spoken to her on the path, "I am sure, Pepita, that even the most
humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His
eyes.” These kind words of her brother uplifted her spirit
and she knelt in front of the altar and laid the bouquet at the foot of
the nativity scene.
the bouquet of weeds exploded into blooms of radiant red, and all that
was present in the village church were certain they had witnessed a
Christmas miracle right before their eyes.
that day, bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena,
or Flowers of the Holy Night, since they only bloomed during the
Christmas season each year.
the name we associate with these brilliant red flowers is poinsettia!