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The Legend of the Poinsettia

In Mexico, poinsettia plants grow wild. There is a charming legend dating back several centuries that explains the presence of this red and green plant and why it blossoms each year during the Christmas season.

One Christmas Eve, a small girl named Pepita traveled to church empty-handed, as she had no gift to give the Christ Child. Her cousin Pedro, who was walking with her, told her that the best gift she could give was a humble one, as long as it was given in love. So, as she walked, Pepita gathered some weeds she found along the roadside and fashioned them into a small bouquet. Although she finally had a gift, she still felt saddened by the shabbiness of it. When she finally entered the church and approached the altar, she was surprised by a miracle--the weeds had blossomed into brilliant red flowers. From that day on, these bright red flowers were called Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night. Today, we call this plant the poinsettia.

It’s always fun to learn something new! At Episcopal Catholic Apartments in Winter Haven, Florida, we love to provide you with fun, thought-provoking facts that will make you reflect on different aspects of life.

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