The Colors of Christmas: Red

The Colors of Christmas: Red



From the holly berries

to Santa himself, red is by far one of the most prominent colors of the

holidays. However, my favorite red items of the holidays are the Poinsettia

plants used for decorations. There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas come

together. It goes like this:

There was once a poor

Mexican girl named Pepita who had no present to give the baby Jesus at the

Christmas Eve services. As Pepita walked to the chapel sadly, her cousin Pedro

tried to cheer her up.

“Pepita,” he said,

“I’m sure that even the smallest gift given by someone who loves Him will

make Jesus happy.”

Pepita didn’t know what

she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and

made them into a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only

give this small present to Jesus.

As she walked through

the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel

better, knelt down, and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene.

Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who

saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red

flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night.

The red of the holidays

should remind us of the sacrifice that Christ made for us. Also, how we should

give back to Him with love every opportunity we have.                             

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