Christmas poinsettia was made widely known because of a man called Joel Roberts Poinsett that’s why we call them Poinsettia! While considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbols of purity, in today’s language of flowers, red, white or pink poinsettias, the December birth flower, symbolize good cheer and success and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.
Symbolically the star shape of the flowers is also considered to be similar to the star that led the wise men to Jesus, which is why many people make it part of their Christmas decorations. Or in a slightly more gruesome interpretation, the red leaves could be a symbol of the blood of Christ.
Linnaeus had a passion for nature and a deep love for God. He believed that the study of nature revealed God’s divine order, and in the preface to his taxonomy book, Linnaeus wrote that “the earth’s creation is the glory of God, as seen from the works of Nature by Man alone.”
Well, there is a legend in old Mexico about a young boy who wanted to make an offering to his church at Christmastime. He was a poor boy, and had nothing to give. So he knelt outside the church to pray. After a moment of devotion, the boy got up, only to find a beautiful plant at the very spot where he had prayed. The boy took the flower and presented it to the church.
Basic Symbolic Poinsettia Flower Meanings