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National Poinsettia Day

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Date When Celebrated: Always on December 12

These beautiful flowers are a well-recognized symbol of Christmas. Poinsettia Day was officially declared by an Act of Congress. It is in honor of  Joel Roberts Poinsett, who died on December 12, 1851. Poinsett was the first Ambassador to Mexico . Poinsett brought this colorful plant back to his plantation in the U.S.  He grew the plants in his Greenville, S.C plantation and gave them out as gifts to friends.

According to Mexican folklore, there is a story of a little poor girl who had nothing to bring to church for Christmas. On her way to church, she picked some plants by the side of the road. As she entered the church, the leaves at the tips of the branches turned into bright, brilliant red flowers. You guessed it... Poinsettias.



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History and Origin of National Poinsettia Day

Our research has not yet identified an individual who created this special day, honoring and giving recognition to Joel Robert Poinsett and the beautiful Poinsettia flowers.

This special day was established by an act of the U.S. Congress.


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