Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Flower of the Holy Night

This past weekend, I made my annual trip to Green Bay, Wisconsin to visit Schroeder's Flowers and pick out poinsettias for the holiday season. What a treat! Rows and rows of every color under the rainbow. Not only do they carry all the standard shades of white and red, but they also use special paints to make some of them blue or yellow, lavender or apricot. The choices seem endless, and I changed my mind over and over.


I finally bought the one on the right for the dining room table. Isn't it a beauty!

And the one below graces my living room windowsill. If you click on the photo, you'll be able to see the glitter.


Poinsettias are native to Mexico, but are now grown extensively in the U.S.

Legend has it that a poor Mexican peasant child did not have a gift to give to the baby Jesus on his birthday. On the way to church, she picked a handful of common weeds and when she presented them at the altar, they burst into beautiful, vibrant poinsettias, a miracle witnessed by all.


Now's the time to get your own Flor de la Noche Buena (Flower of the Holy Night), if you don't already have it.