The Legendary Magic of the Poinsettia by Corina Carrasco
When I was growing up, I was the one who helped my mother do the everyday correspondence, even though I was the fifth of seven kids. I remember being in second grade and being the one that filled out and addressed the Christmas cards for my mom every year. I had to print because I didn’t know cursive yet.
One year I was filling out the cards and the card my mom had picked out was a really pretty one. It had a bright red poinsettia on the front of it and on the inside it had the normal holiday greeting but on the backside of the front picture was a paragraph about the poinsettia being introduced to the United States in 1828 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. It also mentioned a Mexican legend about this flower, which in Mexico is known as la flor de la noche buena, or the Christmas Eve flower. It didn’t tell the legend, it just mentioned that there was one.
That caught my interest and I started to wonder and ask and read about this beautiful flower. After several years, I learned the legend. I’ve shared it with my readers previously but I’d like to share it again. I’ve put it into my own words. I’ve changed the name of the little girl to Maria (she is called by different names in different versions of the story). I just recently learned that December 12 is “the day of the poinsettia” in the United States, which is interesting to me because December 12 is also the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. Continue reading “Advent Calendar Day 12: The Legendary Magic of the Poinsettia by Corina Carrasco”