I don’t have to walk very far from my apartment in Colonia Manuel Vallarta until I see first one poinsettia, and then another—and another!
These poinsettias are not the little plants in pots, wrapped in red or green foil, that we are accustomed to seeing only at Christmastime in the United States.
These are plants of epic proportions—towering 10 feet high or higher—growing in people’s front yards.
Poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico, and are actually small trees or shrubs that show their brilliant colors year round.
But it’s at Christmastime that the poinsettia’s leaves seem to blaze more brightly, as if rekindled with hope and peace and joy.
And why not?
For in Mexico the poinsettia is known as Flor de Noche Buena—the Christmas Eve Flower.
four days till Christmas—
ants on my kitchen counter
feast on cookie crumbs
Text and photo © 2016 by Mark M. Redfearn, all rights reserved