In the United States, December 12 is national Poinsettia Day. Poinsettias are red blossoms usually associated with the month of December and Christmas. Hence, they are popular as Christmas decorations across North America.
In fact, poinsettia’s link to Christianity and Christmas runs very deep. There is a Mexican legend that tells of a young girl who was too poor to celebrate Christmas. Because she could not afford flowers for the church, she was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them on the church altar. Crimson blossoms then sprouted from the weeds and become poinsettias. The red color of the flower represents the blood sacrifice of Jesus, while its pointy star-shaped leaf symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem.