Poinsettia: YULE TRADITIONS AND SYMBOLS

Poinsettia: Known for centuries as the Flower of the Holy Night, the poinsettia is the product of an old Mexican myth.

Apparently, a young boy wanted very much to give the Christ-child a birthday gift.

He was very poor, though, and couldn’t afford to buy Him anything.

His intentions were so sincere that the Divine intervened and-voila!-the flower sprang up at his feet.

During the nineteenth century, Dr. Joel R. Poinsett-America’s Mexican ambassador and an amateur botanist-became so interested in the

flowers that he brought some back to the United States with him.

Eventually, the plants were renamed after him, and the poinsettia was born