Legend of the Poinsettia
The legend of the Poinsettia comes from Mexico.
It tells of a girl named Maria and her little brother Pablo.
They were very poor but always looked forward to the Christmas festival.
Each year a large manger scene was set up in the village church,
and the days before Christmas were filled with parades and parties.
The two children loved Christmas but were always
saddened because they had no money to buy presents.
They especially wished that they could give something
to the church for the Baby Jesus. But they had nothing.
One Christmas Eve, Maria and Pablo set out for church
to attend the service. On their way they picked some
weeds growing along the roadside and decided to take them
as their gift to the Baby Jesus in the manger scene.
Of course other children teased them when they arrived
with their gift, but they said nothing for they knew they
had given what they could. Maria and Pablo
began placing the green plants around the manger
and miraculously, the green top leaves turned
into bright blood red petals, and soon the manger was surrounded
by beautiful star-like flowers, just like we see them today.
[ Author Unknown -- from John Traver ]
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