Poinsettia Day!

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Many thanks to Craftster Moderator Mistress Jennie for being our Guest Blogger today!

December 12th was officially declared Poinsettia Day by an Act of Congress. It honors Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the first US Ambassador to Mexico.  Poinsett brought this colorful plant back to his plantation in Greenville, SC. where he grew them them as gifts for friends and family, before his death on December 12, 1851.  According to Mexican folklore, there was a poor little girl who had nothing to bring to church for Christmas. On her way there, she picked some plants she found by the side of the road. As she entered the church, the leaves at the tips of the branches turned into bright, brilliant red flowers. However they came to be, you’d be hard pressed to find a more cheerful symbol of the holiday season.

Have friends and family to make gifts for? Everyone loves receiving handmade ornaments for their Christmas tree! Try your hand at wilkchik26’s beautiful little cross-stitched poinsettia ornament.

Poinsettias are mildly toxic to pets, so if you have inquisitive critters in your home, you could make a few pet-friendly plants out of crepe paper like Onyxnox did.
If crochet is more your jam, you can hook up your flower, like planetjune did. Her tiny crocheted poinsettia would make a great brooch on your winter coat, or an adorable ornament on your tree.
Going to a holiday party this season? Deck yourself out in an adorable Pleated Poinsettia Skirt like professionalpineapple did. The border print makes a great accent at the hem.
And don’t forget to bring a festive treat with you to that party! melicious’s Poinsettia Cake is sure to brighten the festivities for friends & family.
If your nest needs a little cozy feathering before the holidays, try creating a poinsettia quilt to deck your couch! Mistress Jennie’s Christmas Poinsettia Quilt is perfect for snuggling under, while you wait for Santa to make his appearance.
If you’re looking for even more poinsettia inspiration, just like this gorgeous poinsettia ornament planetjune made, be sure to check out this link for all of the poinsettia projects on Craftster!
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