The Legend of the Poinsettia
Long ago, on Christmas Eve, a little Indian girl in Mexico wanted to bring a gift to present to the Baby Jesus, lying in a crèche in her church. Being very poor, she could not buy a gift, as did the other children of the town. So on the way to Church, she gathered some green weeds on the edge of a field. Like the other children, she walked down the aisle of the Church and placed her bouquet at the crèche. Suddenly the green weeds turned into a beautiful star-shaped flower, because she had given the most special gift of all, the gift of genuine love. Since then, the poinsettia has been known in Mexico as flores de la Noche Beuna, the flower of the Holy Night.