The History of the American Christmas And Its Traditions / Chapter 11

Chapter 11

The Poinsettia

You would think, after reading that most of our American holiday traditions stemmed from Europe, that it would only stand to reason that the tradition of placing Poinsettia flowers around our homes would also come from that region.

Well, if you thought that, you would be 100%. . . . .Wrong!

Actually, this tradition came all the way from. . . .Mexico!

That’s right. Mexico is the correct answer.

Our American tradition of displaying Poinsettias around our homes was the brain child of none other than Joel Roberts Poinsett. I mean, check out the name! You knew it was coming :-).

If it were not for Joel R. Poinsett’s love of botany, we may have never even known about this beautiful and festive flower at all. In 1825, Joel Robers Poinsett was appointed to the prestigious title of the United States Ambassador  to Mexico.

On one of his journeys to Mexico, he discovered the vibrantly red flower. He immediately fell in love with it as a practicing botanist, and shipped some of them back to his home in Greenville, South Carolina.

After a short time of cultivating the flowers inside his hothouses, he began sending them to his friends and family as a Christmas gift.

Now, we display them within our own homes. And can purchase them from any greenhouse or corner shop.

The History of the American Christmas And Its Traditions

Brief Introduction

Chapter 1 Christmas: Where It All Began

Chapter 2 What Is A Christmas Tradition?

Chapter 3 Where Did American Christmas Traditions Come From?

Chapter 4 The Christmas Tree

Chapter 5 The Yule Log

Chapter 6 Christmas Caroling

Chapter 7 Gift Giving

Chapter 8 The Candy Cane

Chapter 9 Santa Claus

Chapter 10 The Christmas Card

Chapter 11 The Poinsettia

Chapter 12 Conclusion

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