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The Poinsettia

This pretty poinsettia stamp from PowerPoppy stamps is a new one to my collection this holiday season and this was my very first attempt at coloring it with my alcohol markers.  As I was coloring it I got to wondering about how the Poinsettia became to be such an icon of Christmas decor, and so I did a little research.  Turns out the poinsettia originated in Mexico and was first introduced into the states in 1828 by Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett and that is when it became known as the Poinsettia.  But how did the Poinsettia get associated with Christmas?  Well, there are a couple of stories that I found, but I like this one the best:

A Mexican legend tells of a girl who could only offer weeds as a gift to Jesus on Christmas Eve. When she brought the weeds into a church, they blossomed into the beautiful red plants we know as poinsettias, known as Flores de Noche Buena in Mexico (Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”).

And, another fun fact about the poinsettia – it is in fact NOT a poisonous plant, but please do me a favor and do not test that theory!

This card is for sale in my Etsy shop – and, like all of my cards, it is a one of a kind.  It comes with a matching craft paper envelope.

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