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Poinsettia Day

Poinsettias Ftr CF 8299148977_e509e3fc34_oMexican folklore tells of a poor little girl who had nothing to bring to church for Christmas. On her way to church, she picked some plants by the side of the road; and as she entered the church, the leaves at the tips of the branches turned into bright, brilliant red flowers—Poinsettias.

December 12th was officially declared Poinsettia Day in honor of the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, who died on December 12, 1851. Poinsett brought this colorful plant to the U.S. to grow on his Greenville, S.C. plantation and to give as gifts to his friends.

How will you celebrate Poinsettia Day? Why not surprise your parents, grandparents, neighbors, or someone who needs a little Christmas spirit with a poinsettia today?

 

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