Symbols and Meanings of Christmas: Poinsettia

Each day between December 1-25, we will look at one of the traditional symbols of Christmas, what these symbols mean and how they tell the Christmas story of our Savior’s birth.

The Poinsettia

Most Christmas greenery reflect European traditions. But one colorful plant which looks like a flaming star, the poinsettia, is a native to Central America. It was named after Joel Robert Poinsett. He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825.

The Legend of the Poinsettia

There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias became a Christmas tradition. In the legend, a poor Mexican girl named Pepita had no present to give to baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Service. She walked sadly to the chapel but her cousin tried to cheer her up, telling her, “I’m sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves Him will make Jesus happy.”

Still Pepita didn’t know what she could give. Looking around her, she spotted some weeds by the side of the road, so she picked a small handful and made them into a tiny bouquet. Embarrassed that this was all she had to give to Jesus, she continued to walk to the chapel. When she approached the altar, she knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the “Flores de Noche Buena”, or “Flowers of the Holy Night.”

In the Bible, we find the story of a widow who gave all she had at the temple. As Jesus saw her cast in her last two coins, he said to the disciples that she had given more than all the rich people because she had given her all. When we give our all, Jesus knows it and nothing that we have to offer is ever too small or insignificant.

The symbolism of the Poinsettia

The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.

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