Because today is Poinsettia Day, our Sunday Scribblings prompt for this week is Poinsettia. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
I was wondering what makes the poinsettia so special when it comes to Christmas decorations. I’m pretty sure it’s just that the flower is vibrant red and has green leaves… and since red and green are the go to Christmas colors, the poinsettia just makes sense.
Growing up, the church my family went to sold poinsettias every year leading up to Christmas. Families could choose to buy the red or white varieties. I’m not sure if these flowers were sold as an annual fundraiser of some kind or if it was just a way to have church members help to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. Because that’s how it worked… People would buy however many poinsettias they wanted to buy in either color around November, then the poinsettias would be delivered to the church and they would be strategically placed around the sanctuary to help make the place look more festive in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Then, after the service on the Sunday before Christmas, everyone was asked to take their poinsettia(s) home.
I remember being warned not to eat the poinsettia when we took ours home because they were apparently toxic. Like I would eat a potted plant, anyway. You couldn’t pay me to eat my vegetables as a kid… but, gosh, that bright red flower looks delicious! Turns out the poinsettia isn’t as deadly as I was led to believe my whole life. Sure, it could cause some minor illness, but it’s not going to kill you if you eat it. Not sure why you’d want to, though. I guess it’s more comforting if you have cats or dogs that have a tendency to chew on houseplants.
Honestly, I haven’t come across any live poinsettias in my life since we left that church I grew up in way back in the late ’90s. Pretty sure I’ve only seen the fake ones that people are able to store away and bring out with their decorations each year. Personally, I don’t have any poinsettias in my home… live or Memorex. But I haven’t decorated for Christmas at all this year. Didn’t do anything last year, either.
My first Christmas in this apartment, I did put up some decent decorations. Okay… mostly I just put up a tree. Mom had a 5-foot pre-lit tree that she wasn’t using, so she gave it to me. After Christmas, I decided to go as long as I could without taking it down. Partially out of an inability to let go of the holiday season… partially because I was just feeling lazy. It wasn’t until two of the tree’s three pre-lit strands burned completely out that I broke down and disassembled the tree. Threw it away, too… since the lights no longer worked.
So now I have no tree… because I haven’t made the decision to actually go out and buy a new one. Another problem is that I just don’t have room for a tree in my apartment these days. I need to get rid of some things… so maybe next year. If I’m still living here. I hope I am… I like it here. But I still have my ornaments and ribbons, so I’ll be ready to trim the tree if I ever decide to get another one.
But no poinsettias. I have no houseplants during the rest of the year. Why buy a potted plant that I’m just going to forget to water and let shrivel up and die by December 15?
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