Poinsettias

Sonja Jones, from left, Tina Buckner and Joni Kuhn arrange poinsettias Thursday in the greenhouse at Jay Roles Floral in Crab Orchard. One story found on the Internet says a poor Mexican girl, lacking a gift for the Christ Child at Christmas Eve services, was told that even the most humble gift, if given in love, would be accepted in His eyes. She gathered a handful of common roadside weeds, fashioning them into a small bouquet, and took them to the small village chapel. When she knelt to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene, the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were certain they had witnessed a Christmas miracle right before their eyes. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night, as they bloomed each year during the Christmas season.

Sonja Jones, from left, Tina Buckner and Joni Kuhn arrange poinsettias Thursday in the greenhouse at Jay Roles Floral in Crab Orchard. One story found on the Internet says a poor Mexican girl, lacking a gift for the Christ Child at Christmas Eve services, was told that even the most humble gift, if given in love, would be accepted in His eyes. She gathered a handful of common roadside weeds, fashioning them into a small bouquet, and took them to the small village chapel. When she knelt to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene, the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were certain they had witnessed a Christmas miracle right before their eyes. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night, as they bloomed each year during the Christmas season.

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