It's called the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas with its beautiful decorations. Excitement to spend time with friends and family, the prospect of winter and snow in some countries, sun and festivities in others, and the general festive atmosphere that the year's final month brings with it.
Given how quickly Christmas rolls around each year, there seems to be an unavoidable sprint to the finish to get everything ready for the holidays. Presents are only the beginning. The tree, the lights, the table settings, the centerpieces, the menu, so much to do.
Coming back to the tree, why not indulge yourself in poinsettias this year? These poinsettia trees are amazing. Hopefully, they inspire you but first things first, let's learn a little more about poinsettias.
Why Are Poinsettia Considered the Christmas Flower?
Poinsettias, without a doubt, make bright, festive decorations during the winter months. They are, however, native to Central America, particularly southern Mexico, and are composed of colorful leaves rather than flowers. So, why are they considered the official Christmas flowers?
An old Mexican legend tells us why we associate poinsettias with the holidays. Pepita, a young girl, was disappointed because she didn't have a gift to leave for the baby Jesus at Christmas Eve services. Her cousin tried to console her by saying that Jesus would appreciate any gift she gave him, no matter how small. Pepita chose a bouquet of weeds she passed on her way to church because she didn't have enough money to buy a real gift.
From that day on, they became known as 'Flores de Noche Buena' or 'Flowers of the Holy Night' (aka the Christmas Star). Eventually, the trend caught on, and now poinsettias are among the most popular plants sold in the U.S. Congress even declared December 12 to be National Poinsettia Day, the anniversary of Poinsett’s death. Read more about the flower in the article 'Poinsettia - The Popular Christmas Plant You Need to Know About'. Now, going on with the poinsettia beauty, they are seen everywhere during the festivities but have you ever seen poinsettia trees? These are some of the most beautiful ones you'll see, plus a tutorial on how to create your own.
Poinsettia Trees Bring a Warm X-Mas Feeling
If reading the above has whipped you into a Christmas mood, hurray! The process of present shopping, tree sourcing, house decorating, and table setting can be simple and, as many would say, thoroughly enjoyable. Getting the wheels in motion early, like determining which decorations you might need to replace and what color scheme you want to dress your table in, means you won't find yourself in such a panic.
To help you get organized and streamline your search for festive decor, this is an awesome idea for a Christmas tree this year: poinsettia trees. Get out of the traditional and in with an innovative concept such as these types of trees. If you're a poinsettia fan, why not create your own Christmas tree decorated with the emblematic flowers of the season? Once you decide which color to choose, all other decoration items can go into the same color scheme.
Poinsettia trees are not popularly seen so much as traditional trees, so with this idea, your family will be definitely impressed and will want to have a poinsettia tree for themselves. They are pure magic and represent the Christmas mood for sure.
How to Build Your Own Poinsettia Tree
There are several ways to make these awesome colorful, festive trees. You can choose to make a two-dimensional tree or you can make it 3D. If you make it 2D it's possible to just make a wooden tree with holes to put in the poinsettias, but if you're going to opt for the 3D option, the most logical way is to have an iron structure to fit in the plants. The poinsettia is often called a Christmas Star, and with all these stars in your tree, this year, your house, shop, event, or even your garden will most definitely look amazing.
The Meaning of Poinsettia Flowers for Christmas
Each country and tradition has its own understanding of the beautiful poinsettia plant, however, in modern traditions, it is considered a Christmas Eve flower that can be given and received in the lead-up to Christmas. The poinsettia symbolism is that of love, hope, and goodwill over the Christmas period and can be gifted to represent positivity and Christmas joy. As one of the December Birth Month Flowers, it also makes a great gift for those who have birthdays in December.
You'll observe that for the holidays, the most popular poinsettia colors are red, white, and even pink. The poinsettia is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Its bright red color symbolizes love, joy, and good fortune. It is also a symbol of rebirth and renewal since it blooms during the winter months when nature is seemingly dormant.
In Christianity, poinsettia is associated with the Star of Bethlehem. Its bright red traditional color represents the blood of Christ, and its petals remind us of the petals of the star. On the other hand, white poinsettia symbolizes purity and innocence while pink poinsettias represent joy and celebration.
Get your hands on your favorite colored poinsettia and get your hands feeling creative for your Christmas tree this year.