Why do Catholics display poinsettias at Christmas?
Originally from Central America, poinsettias were used by early Christians to teach the faith. The bright red leaves recalled Christ’s blood which was shed for us, while their arrangement evoked the Star of Bethlehem.
In one legend, a poor Mexican girl wanted to give something to the Christ child. Having nothing, she arranged weeds into a bouquet and left them before the manger. They grew beautiful red flowers, showing that she had given the best gift of all: genuine love.
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