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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Natural Christmas Decor

The stores are already decorated with all the holiday decorations reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner. While some go out for all the glitz and high-tech decorations available, others might want to decorate more naturally, with fresh evergreens, mistletoe, holly, pinecones and poinsettia flowers. When you Buy Christmas Flowers, here is some history that may interest you. The traditional Christmas flower, Poinsettias, usually have what appears to be beautiful red flowers, but they are really the upper leaves of the plant that are red. The actual flower of the plant are usually small, yellow/white and are barely visible. The name Poinsettia was derived from Joel R. Poinsett, who was a U.S. ambassador to Mexico and who introduced the plant here in America in 1828. Legend has it that a small girl named Pepita, left grass and leaves she picked up on the side of the road in a chapel as a gift for the baby Jesus. When she laid them by the manger, they magically transformed into beautiful red, star-shaped flowers and were named "Flores de Noche Buena" or "Flowers of the Holy Night". They were also believed to be the favorite flower of the Aztec king, Montezuma. The flower was also brought over to Europe where it was called "Etoile d'amour" or "Star of Love". Whatever you want to call them, they make beautiful center pieces on your table or placed beside your Christmas tree. Best of all, when the season is over, you will still have your beautiful plants to admire every day!

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