Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas The Plant Shoppe shared with me...


Since today is the tenth day, we thought we would mix it up a bit and give you some interesting facts about holiday flowers and traditions.

CHRISTMAS/EVERGREEN TREES: Did you know the first person credited for bringing a tree inside the home was Martin Luther? Before this, people would just decorate with a few branches here or there, but Martin Luther was credited with being the first! How neat! The evergreen tree is also considered to be symbolic of everlasting life since it does not go dormant or die in the winter. Pagans during this time made evergreen wreaths as a symbol of everlasting life.

MISTLETOE: Before mistletoe was used to steal a kiss from that special someone, it was a scared item of the Celtic and Norse. It was originally hung over the door to protect them against storms and evil.

HOLLY: Holly was scared to the Romans and originally used to honor the God, Saturn (God of Agriculture and Harvest).

POINSETTIA: Poinsettias association with winter and Christmas are said to come from a Mexican legend. The legend status that a child, with no means for a grander gift, gathered weeds from a roadside to place at a church alter on Christmas Eve. As the congregation witnessed a Christmas miracle, the weeds turned into beautiful and vibrant red and green flowers. In today's society poinsettias are said to symbolize good cheer and success and bring wishes or mirth and celebration.

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