The word “Christmas” comes from the words Cristes maesse or Christ’s Mass. It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Associating the day with flowers especially during the celebrations of the Yuletide time, is very intense. The most common flowers associated are the Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Christmas Rose, Ivy, Mistletoe, and Holly, etc. each regarding the flowers symbolize the joy and spirit of the Yuletide celebrations.
Poinsettias are Christmas Flowers. These are given as popular gifts as they are brightly colored. Mostly available in red, the poinsettias share cheer and love of Christmas.
The passe Aztecs (the Mexican Indians) prized the Poinsettia as a symbol of purity. Centuries later, Mexico’s early Christians adopted the Poinsettia as their prized Christmas Eve flower. The Mexican Poinsettias, known as the Christmas Flower in North America are usually bright red. They are used in most Christmas decorations, because of their bright red color and because of them blooming mostly during the Christmas holiday season. For some, these star-shaped bracts symbolize the Star of Bethlehem. The Christmas Poinsettia flowers have become a symbol of Christmas and are old as festive decorations.
A Mexican legend explains how Poinsettias became associated among Christmas. Apparently, a child who could not afford a gift to offer to Christ on Christmas Eve, picked some weeds from the side of a road. The child was told that a humble gift when given with love would breathe acceptable in God’s eyes. When they were brought inside the church, the weeds bloomed into red and green flowers that the congregation felt that they had witnessed a Christmas miracle!
The flowers can also be used as a decorative item in Christmas. They are part of all remarkable occasions and during this season, they play the most important role. They can be a perfect and important gift for Christmas. Arranging flowers and putting them in a room or at certain places receptacle uplift the mood and give the visage of a cavalcade atmosphere. Some very popular flowers used during Christmas are poinsettia, winter rose, and Christmas wreaths.
A Nativity Cactus is a great gift idea for the Christmas eve especially when it is in full bloom. The pendent stems of Christmas succulent make it a great choice for hanging baskets that they can be a great decor during the jamboree season. The colors of the cactus blooms are very flamboyant and they come in a wide variety of colors including red, purple, orange, pink, fuschia, cream, etc.
Christmas Rose Flowers
Other than these, there is the Christmas rose, which is also given. Known essentially the Snow Rose or White Rose, these flowers will bloom during winter in Dominant Europe.
According to legends, the Christmas bluet is linked with the birth of Christ and a modest shepherd maiden named Madelon. Madelon tended to her sheep one cold and wintry night, the wise men and other shepherds passed by the snow-covered field including their gifts for the Christ Child. The wise men carried the rich gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense and the shepherds, fruits, honey and doves. Poor Madelon began to weep at the thought of having nothing to offer, not even a simple flower for the Newborn King, as she was very poor indeed. As she stood there weeping, a illusive angel saw her sorrow. The angel bent down and brushed the snow at her feet aside then revealing the most beautiful white flower tipped with pink – the Christmas rose.
Dating back to the Pagan, Druid priests used this Holiday flowers being part of the winter celebrations. They revered the flowers along with the roots which remained lush green full through winter. Kissing under the mistletoe is a tradition that is being followed by many.