Saturday, December 13, 2014

Poinsettias~December's Flower

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."  ~Agnes M. Pahro

©Christmas Star, Watercolour & Ink
    By Laura Leeder, December 2014

Who can resist one or more poinsettia plants placed throughout the home at this time of year.  They put festivity in our hearts and a smile on our face. 

While considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbols of purity, in today's language of flowers, red, white and pink poinsettias all symbolize good cheer and success. This Decembers flower is said to bring laughter and joy to all celebrations this month.

Also known as the Christmas Star and Christmas Flower, it's said that this winter flower's association comes from a Mexican legend.  A child with no means for a grander gift gathered humble weeds from the side of the road to place at the church alter on Christmas Eve.  The weeds turned into the brilliant red and green flowers known today as poinsettias, December's flower. 

Wishing you "Season's Greetings" this December and all through the holiday season.

Laura Leeder, Creston Valley Artist
"In the heart of the Kootenays"

A selection of original paintings, reproduction's, notecards and bookmarks are available for purchase on my website or in my Etsy Shop


Anonymous said...

I love the red poinsettia, they are such happy flowers! Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you, Laura!

Laura Moore said...

Christmas would not be the same without a poinsettia. Your painting is gorgeous. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. xx

Polly Birchall said...

Love this painting, like a stained glass window, and the quote is one I think if very appropriate, we can hope.

Win Dinn said...

What a lovely painting, Laura. It speaks of everything that's beautiful about this season. Wishing you the best!

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Laura - what a beautiful painting and loved the story of the boy and the weeds. Very heartwarming. Hope you are enjoying this Christmas season. Hugs

Celia Blanco said...

Your poinsettia is beautiful Laura! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the New Year!

Alice Saltiel-Marshall said...

Great painting Laura!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Rita Vaselli said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year dear Laura to you and yours!
I love your brilliant poinsettia.
Happy painting!

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