Dec 12th National Poinsettia Day

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I recently saw a lovely blog post from an Etsy seller as she mused about Poinsettias.  Many of us associate the beautiful Poinsettias we see at this time of year with the Christmas holiday.  It got me wondering why?  How did this plant from the Mexican countryside become a botanical staple in our season of giving? So, off to do some research and here is what I found.

 

Many mistake the poinsettia’s leaves as flower petals, but the flowers are actually the smaller, yellow buds in a poinsettia’s center. These bracts, the upper portion of the leaves, are famously red, although they actually bloom in a variety of hues, such as pink, white and yellow. Poinsettias, also known as the “lobster flower” or “Mexican flame leaf,” bloom in December, making them an ideal holiday flower.

 

The plant is named for the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, who introduced America to the poinsettia in 1828, after discovering it in the wilderness in southern Mexico. Dr. Poinsett, who dabbled in botany when he wasn’t politicking between nations, sent cuttings of the plant back to his South Carolina home. While it wasn’t initially embraced, it caught on over the years, and by the 20th century it was a holiday mainstay.

 

In fact, National Poinsettia Day is celebrated on Dec. 12, honoring both the plant and the man who brought it to America

 

What does a poinsettia have to do with Christmas? One interpretation of the plant is as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem, the heavenly body that led the three magi, or wise men, to the place where Christ was born. A Mexican legend tells of a girl who could only offer weeds as a gift to Jesus on Christmas Eve. When she brought the weeds into a church, they blossomed into the beautiful red plants we know as poinsettias, known as Flores de Noche Buena in Mexico (Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”).

 

 

The Poinsettia is now one of the most important floricultural crops in the US and December 12th is now celebrated as National Poinsettia Day, marking the date of Poinsett’s death, celebrating his life and his discovery, and noting his unfathomable enjoyment of the lush plants. And, just as Poinsett would have it; the Poinsettia, whether white, red or pink, remains one of the most frequently sold and delivered Christmas decorations during the holiday season.

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I hope you have enjoyed these lovely poinsettia offering from the shop of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team on Etsy. 

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Thanks to the website HowSTuffWorks  for this informative information

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide HOLIDAY HOME DECOR

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Our homes seem to reflect us most clearly during this special holiday season.  Decorated with traditional colors and family heirlooms or perhaps some bold new traditions or minimalist décor, whatever your decorating style, these holiday home décor finds are sure to inspire you. 

Candle holders to help set the mood.

 Vessels to fill with greenery and pine cones.

 

And all manner of decorative accents.  Deck out your home for the holiday season, whether that is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or New Years.   

The holiday shopping season is in full swing.  This collection contains some great gift ideas, including lovingly handcrafted designs and vintage finds.  All brought to you by some of the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team on Etsy.  Check out these great finds and shops and prepare to be amazed at the variety of handcrafted and vintage treasures you will find. 

 

 

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2018 Gift Guide GIFTS JUST FOR HER

 

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Shopping for Mom, your sister, your aunt, your grandmother, perhaps your fiancé or wife – whoever you are shopping for, these suggestions are sure to please.   

The holiday shopping season is in full swing.  To inspire you, here are some great gift ideas, including lovingly handcrafted designs and vintage finds.  All brought to you by some of the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team on Etsy.  Check out these great finds and shops and prepare to be amazed at the variety of handcrafted and vintage treasures you will find.   

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2018 Gift Guide – FOR YOUR TREE

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 The Christmas tree was traditionally decorated with “roses made of colored paper, apples, wafers, tinsel and sweetmeats”. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which were ultimately replaced by lights after the advent of electrification.  Today, there is a wide variety of traditional ornaments, such as garlands, tinsel, balls candy canes etc.  An angel or star might be placed atop the tree to represent the Angel Gabriel or the Star of Bethlehem.  Edible items such as gingerbread, chocolate and other sweets are also popular and are tied to or hung from the tree’s branches with ribbons. 

The holiday shopping season is in full swing.  To inspire you, here are some great gift ideas, for your Christmas Tree.  These vintage and handcrafted suggestions are brought to you by some of the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team on Etsy.  Check out these great finds and shops and prepare to be amazed at the variety of handcrafted and vintage treasures you will find along with items for all your crafting needs. 

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Bring home the tree or unpack and fluff it as the case may be and get ready to decorate for the holiday seasons.  New ornaments, family treasures, popcorn garland, whatever strikes your fancy is the perfect way to festoon your tree. 

 

 

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide – BAKING UP SOME SWEET TREATS

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Baking Sweet Treats

Grab your aprons and those mixing bowls and make up a few sweet treats for the holiday dessert table.  Find that favorite old cookbook of recipes or try something new.  Here is a virtual gift basket of ideas to inspire your baking prowess, from the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team.   Check out these great finds and shops and prepare to be amazed at the variety of handcrafted and vintage treasures you will find along with items for all your crafting needs.

Theme – MAKING AND BAKING SWEET TREATS

 

 

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Here’s a fast, no bake treat for your Holiday Sweets

I AM NOT A RUM BALL – I AM A RASPBERRY JAM BALL

¾ CUP Sebake - rum balledless Raspberry Jam

3 TBSP margarine or butter

1 TSP Vanilla

2 ¼ CUPS Honey Graham Wafer Crumbs

Chocolate sprinkles

 

In a medium-large saucepan on low heat, combine the jam and margarine.

Stir until margarine is melted and the mixture is more or less smooth

Remove from heat

Add vanilla and crumbs

Mix thoroughly

Form in 1” balls and roll in chocolate sprinkles. You can put them in fancy little truffle cups for an elegant presentation.

Should make about 2 dozen.

 

2017 Holiday Gift Guide – PETS and ANIMALS

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide – For Our Pets and Animals

Even our pets and animals whether they live in our homes or barns, deserve a little something extra at this time of year.  Here is a virtual gift basket of ideas for animals,  woolly, furry, feathered and otherwise from the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team and some special guests on Etsy.  Check out these great finds and shops and prepare to be amazed at the variety of handcrafted and vintage treasures you will find along with items for all your crafting needs.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Gifts for Her

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Gifts for Mother, Grandmother, Girlfriend, Sweetheart, Best Friend – no matter who she may be – these gift ideas are just for her!  Here we offer this virtual gift basket filled with treasures to help with ideas for the lady in your life, all from the shops of the Forget-me-Nots-Daily-Discoveries Team on Etsy.  Check out these great finds and shops and prepare to be amazed at the variety of handcrafted and vintage treasures you will find along with items for all your crafting needs.

 

Theme – GIFTS FOR THE LADIES

 

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