" A lot of people have been coming into the store to buy Poinsettias but when I ask them what is the meaning for Christmas no one could tell me."
I answered, "I know the meaning." She got the quick version since other people were behind me to check out. So here is the longer version of the meaning of this heavenly flower. December 12th happens to be National Poinsettia Day.
So why do we call the Christmas Flower a Poinsettia? It's all because of a man named Joel Roberts Poinsettia. He was the first United States ambassador to Mexico in 1825,. He loved plants and thought this beautiful flower should be shared with others. He sent the flower to South Carolina where he began growing the plants and sending them to botanical gardens in 1828. December 12th is National Poinsettias Day because of the death of Joel on December 12th in 1851. They became known as Poinsettias in 1830 when people found out who had first brought them to America from Mexico.
The flower symbolizes good cheer and success. It is said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.
The shape of the Poinsettia Flower and leaves are 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.
Jesus came to earth at a special time in history when God knew the timing was right. He came to humanity as a child in a manger. He lived a life on earth without sin. But bore our sin on the cross so we might live with him forever. All we have to do is believe in Jesus and follow Him. He gives us the Holy Spirit of love, joy and peace this holiday season. If you open the sand dollar white doves fall out to show peace.
The doves are in the shape of a star on the inside of the shell. Peace on earth, good will toward men.