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  • Some Christmas History: The Aztec Christmas Flower

    The Aztec Christmas Flower The Poinsettia was introduced from Mexico in the early 1800s by Joel Roberts Poinsett. Franciscan friars had been using them in their Christmas decorations. The poinsettia’s star-shaped leaf was said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem. The red leaves (yes, they are leaves) represented the blood of Jesus. Legends had arisen of a young girl and miracles occurring with the plant. Long before that the Aztecs had used them to make dyes and medication. They also used them in their human-sacrifice rituals, the leaves being a reminder of those who were sacrificed. Interesting to ponder that...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Legend Of The Poinsettia ~ 16 DEC 2008

    12/15/2008 6:00:44 PM PST · by laurenmarlowe · 392 replies · 2,617+ views
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ The Legend of the Poinsettia A charming story is told of Pepita, a poor girl who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked slowly to the chapel with her cousin Pedro, her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy. "I am sure, Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes," said Pedro consolingly. Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds, fashioning them into a...
  • Pro-Lifer Claims Boycott Success Over Abortion Supporting Poinsettia Business

    11/23/2007 9:20:21 AM PST · by wagglebee · 27 replies · 176+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/20/07 | Meg Jalsevac
    November 20, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Two years ago, San Diego based pro-life activist James Hartline used his on-line report to organize and promote a national boycott of Paul Ecke Ranch Christmas poinsettias due to the Ecke family's extensive history of financial support for abortion-giant Planned Parenthood (PP).  Hartline is now claiming a major boycott victory. Recent local reports indicate that, since the 1920's, this will be the first year the principal poinsettia producer in the nation, Ecke Ranch, will not produce and sell their typically large crop of the festive Christmas plant. The Ecke family's financial and ideological support...
  • Warning: Don't Buy a Poinsettia!

    11/13/2006 7:22:39 AM PST · by proudpapa · 33 replies · 2,048+ views
    BrotherJudd ^ | 11-13-06 | Proudpapa
    Last January, I received an email that explained that most Poinsetta's come from Ecke Greenhouses. And that a lot of the Ecke fortune has been spent supporting Planned Parenthood and other groups that are anti-life. Having recently bought poinsettas, as part of the celebration of our Lords miraculous birth, I had wished that someone had told me the truth sooner. So this year I'm telling as many people as possible. Before they go shopping.
  • US Largest Poinsettia Farmers among Planned Parenthood's Biggest Donors

    01/16/2006 1:17:21 PM PST · by wagglebee · 142 replies · 5,953+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/16/06 | Hilary White
    ENCINITAS, January 16, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Many pro-life organizations use Christmas season sales of poinsettias to raise funds, but according to a US-based researcher, so do Planned Parenthood and other abortionists in the US. James Hartline, a Christian activist in California wrote to LifeSiteNews.com warning that the poinsettias decorating the churches and homes of Christians in the US could easily originate from a family-owned business that has been supporting abortion for decades. The Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California, supplies 70% of all of the poinsettias sold in the United States and the Ecke family is among the most generous supporters...
  • Mexico envies U.S. poinsettia industry

    12/18/2004 10:04:40 AM PST · by yonif · 26 replies · 986+ views
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | 12/18/2004 | Chris Hawley
    CUERNAVACA, Mexico - In the greenhouses of Mexico, people tell the story of the poinsettia plant with a touch of regret.   Back in the early 1800s, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, took home a Mexican plant that turned a brilliant red in the winter. Mexicans called it nochebuena, or Christmas Eve plant. Americans named it after Poinsett.   Now, the United States produces more poinsettias than any other country, patenting new varieties and reaping about $260 million a year in sales. Mexico, on the other hand, can't sell the plants in the United States because of restrictions on...