The Legend of the Christmas Poinsettia

I loved the festive color of the poinsettia when I was a child. Each December, as a special gift, my father presented my mother with a vibrant red plant, which became the centerpiece for our Christmas decorations.

As a garden enthusiast, I marvel at how long -lived the bright red leaves are, and how easy it is to care for this plant.

When I was a primary school teacher, I came across the Legend of the Poinsettia, which I was naturally eager to share with my young students. In that way, the legend and the plant have become a special gift to other generations.

Tomie dePaola, my favorite children’s author/illustrator, created a lovely retelling of the legend. Click below the picture to hear him read this delightful story.


You can listen to Tomie dePaola read The Legend of the Poinsettia HERE.


First grade creations of candles with poinsettia after hearing the Legend of the Poinsettia.

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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