December 29, 2019

The Legend of the Poinsettia

In Cedarfield tradition, the Pastoral Care Team created this compilation of holiday memoirs by team members and residents. We will share one a day through the holidays. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as
a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus.
The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ.

There is an old Mexican legend about how poinsettias and Christmas come together, it goes like this:There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro triedto cheer her up.“Pepita,” he said. “I’m sure that even the smallest gift, given bysomeone who loves him will make Jesus happy.”Pepita didn’t know what she could give, so she picked a smallhandful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a smallbouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this smallpresent to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, sheremembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, kneltdown and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene.Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, andeveryone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. Fromthat day on, the bright red flowers were known as the “Flores deNoche Buena,” or “Flowers of the Holy Night.”