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POINSETTIA

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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.

Pedro explained, "I am sure, Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes."

Pepita 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.

As she 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.

She 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.

Unexpectedly, 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.

Since 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.

Today, the name we associate with these brilliant red flowers is poinsettia!

Poinsettia mythology.

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