Popular Christmas Flowers And Their Meanings
The celebration of Christmas is done in different ways around the world, but one constant thing is incorporating some flowers or Christmas decorations on Christmas day. If you've ever imagined if there is a special meaning or legend behind your favorite Christmas flower, we have collected some of the most popular Christmas flowers and their origin or meanings.
Although technically not a flower, the poinsettia has become synonymous with Christmas in North America. This peculiar plant has pink, bright red, or white leaves with lush green foliage that mimics the Christmas season's colors. The origins of the Christmas poinsettia come from the lower half of mainland Mexico, with a legend that refers to a boy too poor to find a gift to give to Christ on Christmas Eve. All the boy could give him was weeds, and when they were given, they turned into bright red and green poinsettias, as the humble Christmas present was lovingly given.
Mistletoe is typically hung on doorways, arches, and ceilings during the Christmas season. The vase dates before the Christmas celebration, as pagans used it during their winter holidays. The ritual of kissing under the mistletoe may be of Nordic origin, but no one knows for sure. There are two varieties of mistletoe: the native North American type, Phoradendron flavescens, and the native European type.
Red and white amaryllis have become popular holiday flowers due to their large, beautiful, and colorful blooms, which add a bit of winter color at Christmas. The use of amaryllis dates back to the 16th century, with hybrid amaryllis called "St. Joseph's Staff." Amarílis, in Greek, means "to shine," which makes it an even more appropriate flower to have on Christmas.
Hellebore or the Christmas Rose
Commonly referred to as Christmas rose, winter rose, or snow rose, this flower is one of the few to bloom during the winter months in Central Europe's mountains. Although technically not a rose, as it belongs to the ranunculus family, this flower gets its name from its resemblance to wild roses. The Christian legend says that a poor young Shepard started to cry when she saw the decadent gifts brought by the wise men because she had nothing to offer. An angel heard her cry and swept away the snow to reveal this beautiful flower she gave to the new Christ.
The Christmas cactus is a great gift idea for Christmas Eve, especially in full bloom. Christmas cactus hanging stems are a great choice for hanging baskets because they can be a great decoration during the holiday season. The colors of cactus flowers are very erratic and come in a wide variety of colors, including red, purple, orange, pink, fuchsia, cream, etc.
Other Flowers for Christmas
Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths made from balsamic pine, Douglas fir, Fraser fir, noble fir, white pine, Scottish pine, and holly are very popular. Christmas is a celebration of the season and nature, not just religion. The party revolves around the greens (leaves, stems, flowers, fruits, etc.) of the new season.