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The Poinsettia

Do you know the Legend of the Poinsettia and how it became came the Flower of Christmas?  This legend dates back several centuries, to a Christmas Eve in Mexico when a little girl named Pepita had no gift to present to the Christ child.

Her cousin Pedro urged her to give a humble gift.  So, on her way to church she gathered some weeds she found along the road.  As she approached the altar, a miracle happened:  The weeds blossomed into brilliant flowers.  Then they were called Flores de Noche Buena; ~ Flowers of the Holy Night.  

It is interesting that this flower became the Flower of Christmas.  The Flores de Noche Buena or Poinsettia has so many facets that point to Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer.  It is the perfect flower to represent Christmas.  The poinsettia blooms  white or red.  The white symbolizes the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus.  The Red represents the Shed Blood of Jesus, so that we can have the promise of forgiveness for sins and of eternal life if we will put our trust in Him and what He has done for us.  The poinsettia stays green most of year representing Life.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the Life (John 14:6a).  The Poinsettia was introduced to the United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett, an amateur botanist and the first ambassador to Mexico.  It is interesting that his name “Poinsett” comes from the French word “Poincon.”  Poincon was an occupational name for a maker or user of any pointed instrument, of poinson (LL punctio, ger. punctionis, from pungere, to pierce, punch).  The flower and the leaves are pointed; what a perfect name for the plant.  I think of the coincidence (or God-incidence) of this man, with this name, finding the “Flores de Noche Buena” and introducing it to the United States.  Evenually the plant became known as the poinsettia. Which the name also means “to pierce.”  Psalms 22:16b says “they pierced my hands and my feet.”   John 19:37 tells us “And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.”  Revelation 1:7 says“and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him”   Jesus was pierced for us and died for us.

Let us keep Christ in Christmas because He is the reason we can and do celebrate…   God gave the best gift of all ~ HisSon ~ I am Thankful and Rejoice in God’s Gift to me ~ my Saviour, Jesus Christ…


Have a Blessed Christmas, Love in Christ, Michele

Michele LeDoux Abshire ~ December 2004

Columnist: Michele Abshire


Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at



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