This time of the year, we are surrounded by seasonal traditions and holiday ambiance. From the twinkling lights to the festive trees, the sights of Christmas are like no other time of year. And the Christmas poinsettia is one of the most popular pieces of our holiday decor. With their star-shaped leaves and vivid hue, the holiday just wouldn’t be the same without the poinsettia, and Al’s Florist has the best quality plants in Hollywood.
Did you ever wonder how these red blooms became the official of Christmas? The legend begins in Mexico, which is where the poinsettia was originally discovered.
The Mexican legend of the poinsettia tells the story of a young peasant girl who was traveling to see the Christ child on the night of His birth. She was very poor and didn’t have enough money to buy a gift to offer Him, and was too ashamed to greet Him empty-handed. Before approaching the manger she pulled up some wilds from the side of the road. Placing her gift of pure love at the child’s feet, the ragged plants transformed into beautiful poinsettia plants.
Over the years, Christian tradition has suggested other associations between the poinsettia and the holiday. Some say that the ‘s celestial shape is a reflection of the Star of Bethlehem, while others say that the deep red hue of the blossom is the result of the blood which flowed from the crown of thorns. Regardless of the stories, there is no denying that the Christmas poinsettia is a beloved custom. In addition to the red variety, poinsettias also come in shades of white and pink and in a range of sizes.
The creative designers at Al’s Florist have assembled a gift guide that offers poinsettias, wreaths, seasonal floral arrangements, miniature boxwood trees, and centerpieces for your holiday table. No matter the size of your gift list or your holiday style, you’ll find something for everyone at our Hollywood shop.