Monday, December 9, 2013
Sir Henry Cole and Little Pepita
My posts of late have been of lighter content than the continuing City of Wylie drama. The reason for this hiatus has been my need to focus on uplifting happenings. Right after Thanksgiving, we had a family emergency with my mother and have since been spending my time with her in the hospital and rehab. Because of this, I am going to continue more posts relating to the season before continuing the City of Wylie posts, as I have barely scratched the surface of that saga and for the sake of others and our little town, it has to be told, but not today.
Now this week, there are two days that have been officially named and associated with Christmas. December 9th is Christmas Card Day and December 12th is National Poinsettia Day. I am definitely behind on the first, but still can get our poinsettias before the 12th.
I did not even know there was an official Christmas Card Day. What I read indicates that this day is in honor of Sir Henry Cole of England. In 1843, Sir Henry engaged J. C. Horsley a painter/illustrator to create what is recognized as the first official Christmas greeting card for his family and friends. I am definitely late in getting my cards ready this year for my family and friends and must get them ready to mail this week for sure! I love this tradition that Sir Henry started for us back in 1843.
The poinsettia not only has a national day of recognition, it too has become the official flower of Christmas, known also as the Star of Bethlehem flower and Holy Night flower. Its use to celebrate Christmas in Mexico dates back to the 17th century. There are several legends about the glorious red poinsettias. One of the folk stories tells of Pepita, a poor young Mexican girl that did not have the money to buy Baby Jesus a gift. She was heartbroken and crying when an angel appeared telling her to gather weeds growing along the roadside. As she cried with her tears falling upon the weeds, they turned into brilliant red blooms. The red blooms of the poinsettias represent the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. The poinsettia is just one of the many traditional symbols of Christmas that I love to see surrounding us during this time as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and may you behold all the glory and blessings that come from Him—the reason for this beautiful season! Let these days bring you angels, the tinkling of melodic bells, birthday cake, bows and ribbons, the reverence of candlelight services, candy cane staffs, joyful caroling, Christmas cards and greetings from afar, Christmas candy and cookies, Christmas pageants and parades, Fostering Hope, giving gifts, gingerbread men and houses, holly and berries, hot cider and cocoa to warm you, beautiful icicles and snowflakes, twinkling lights and candles, the Manger scene, mistletoe and kisses, ornaments, garlands, tinsel and other adornments, parties galore, the happy revealing of Secret Santas, the excitement of searching for the first star on Christmas Eve, that perfect orange in the toe of your stocking, special time with family and friends, Toys for Tots, glorious trees adorned with beautiful tributes to Christmas, the warmth of the fireplace and loved ones, welcoming wreaths, the needs and yearnings of your heart and most of all and especially JESUS.