Flowers to Decorate the Christmas Time
Flowers have always been chosen as a way to decorate any festive occasion and the same can be said about the Christmas time. This is a quite special occasion for people to choose flowers to decorate the interior of the house as well as the outside parts of their residence. Many flowers can be associated with the season of Christmas, but the Mexican Poinsettia is by far the most popular one that is used for its own charm inside this festive event.
It comes natively from Mexico and is called by many other names such as the “Flower of the holy night”, “lobster flower”, “flame leaf”, “Christmas flower”. They look great in this bright hue but also pink and white are exquisite in their displaying.
Their shape of a star has the meaning of a Bethlehem Star and the name is taken after the USA ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett, who was the first to introduce this flower to the American people after his mandate expired.
Other popular Christmas flowers are Christmas cactus that comes with green leaves and red or pink flowers, the Christmas rose, the Mistletoe that symbolizes the peace and goodwill along with strong feelings of love.
This is the reason why the in-love ones use to kiss under a wreath of mistletoe that is hang over the door frame during the Christmas time. There is a specific legends that relate these flowers to the season of Christmas, this legend turning them into Christmas flowers for most of the people who celebrate this event.
The legend that relates Poinsettia to the Christmas originates in Mexico where it is said that two kids stricken by poverty couldn’t afford buying any gift to show their gratitude and love towards Baby Jesus. Therefore when the time came for the manger scene to be presented to the people on the Christmas time, they have come with a weed they have picked from the roadside that is said to have instantly turned into the flower that is known today as Poinsettia.
As to the Christmas rose, the legend goes for a little shepherdess who wanted to offer a gift to the new born Baby Jesus in order to welcome His coming into this world. This little girl was then blessed by an angel giving her the opportunity to offer a beautiful white flower that was later called the Christmas rose.
The concept that has turned the evergreen tree into a Christmas tree, as an important part of the Christmas tradition, comes from Germany, where people had the tradition of putting apples in an evergreen tree to bring the meaning of the “Paradise tree”. Even before the Christmas celebration started to become popular, German people had this tradition of decorating the evergreen trees as decorative symbol of their homes.
They were certain of the fact that these trees through their everlasting life in them were the symbol of immortality protecting at the same time their homes from bad spirits and evil things during the year to come.