It’s finally that time of the year again. Christmas is just around the corner. The one thing that everyone is looking forward to is exchanging gifts with the people they love. One of the favorite gifts that people love to give during Christmas is flowers.
Flowers make up the perfect and memorable gift items on Christmas. It lifts the mood and look of the atmosphere by making it more festive. Just go to your local flower markets during this time and you’ll see just how festive it really is. It can also add a touch of elegance and beauty to our surroundings. Giving flowers is one of the best ways to express your love, affection and care that you have for your loved ones. Every flower has different meanings. As most of us know, red roses symbolize true love and purple hyacinths symbolize forgiveness. So what flowers are popular during Christmas?
Nothing beats the old favorites such as red roses and poinsettias. Red roses are the classic flowers that you give to that special someone in your life. If you plan on proposing to your sweetheart at Christmas, there are many unique ways of doing so. One way is to hide a ring in a red ribbon, attach it to the red rose and hang that rose on the Christmas tree. All that’s left is to create a gimmick that would eventually lure her into getting that rose and voila. With a marriage proposal like that, who could resist?
Arguably the most popular flower given during Christmas is poinsettia, also known as the Christmas Star/Flower. This flower comes from Mexico and was introduced to the U.S. back in 1825 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico, and as such the flower was named after him. There are many other names associated with this flower such as Flores de Noche Buena (flowers of the holy night), Winter Rose, and Atakurk’s flower. The favourite flower of Atakurk, the founder of modern Turkey, was poinsettia.
This flower’s association with Christmas hails from a local legend. There was a girl named Maria and she had a little brother named Pablo. They both loved Christmas but were always sad because they had no money to buy presents. They especially wanted to give something to the church as an offering to Baby Jesus. On one Christmas eve, on their way to attend the service in the church, they picked up some weeds growing on the roadside and decided to offer that as a gift to the Baby Jesus in the manger scene. As the other children teased them about their offering, they placed the green plants around the manger knowing full well they did what they could. Soon after, everyone around the church was astonished by the scene before them. The weeds transformed into bright red petals which surrounded the manger. The star-shaped leaf pattern of the flower is also said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem which guided the three magi to the Baby Jesus.
To the ancient Aztecs, poinsettia is a symbol of purity. Today, it is recognized as the birth flower for the month of December and symbolizes good cheer and success or mirth and celebration. Depicted as the traditional image of Christmas, these flowers are the perfect gift for all your loved ones enabling you to share the spirit of Christmas.
Let’s not forget that we are not limited to fresh flowers as gifts. Artificial flower arrangements have also become popular during Christmas. They are especially used as Christmas centrepieces and can also be used as decorations in and around the house. The flower petals are generally made out of silk offering a realistic look. These flowers last for a longer period of time as compared to fresh flowers and are widely available at almost every flower shop for very affordable prices.
With the advent of technology, sending flowers to your loved ones is as easy as clicking a few buttons over the Internet. But as always, the best way is to personally give it to the people you love and cherish. The best gifts are the simplest things in life. You could give a car, the latest gadgets, and the newest clothes to the people you love but the one thing that would make them genuinely smile in gratitude is receiving flowers. The true spirit of Christmas is not what you give…it is the happiness you share with your loved ones. Have a Merry Christmas everyone.
Belle is a blog editor at Flowers and Chocos. She loves gardening, doing handicrafts and taking pictures of the beautiful environs.
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