December 12, 2020 – National Poinsettia Day | Gingerbread House Day

Do You Know Which Weed Was Found At The Side Of A Road And First Sold At A Roadside Stand?

Welcome to December 12th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate cheerful weeds and yummy houses.

The cheerful red plant that we associate with the holidays got its start in 16th century Mexico. Its legend tells the story of a poor girl who wanted to give the Christ child a gift. When she began to worry that she had nothing to give, an angel appeared and reassured her that any gift given with love would do.  The girl gathered a bunch of weeds by the side of the road and by the time she presented them, the bouquet had transformed into bright red stars.  American botanist, Joel Roberts Poinsett sent the first poinsettia cuttings from Mexico to the United States in 1825, but it was a California farmer who made their magic bloom.  Paul Ecke discovered a technique that made the seedling branch and he began selling the plants at a roadside stand in the early 1920s. On National Poinsettia Day we celebrate a beautiful symbol of the season that is still given in love.  

Marlo: Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me…

Anna: I’m the Gingerbread Man! I love that story.

Marlo: Me too. And with the holidays coming up so quickly, there will be lots of gingerbread-flavored things to eat. 

Anna: Gingerbread is always a good thing…unless your name is Hansel or Gretel.

Marlo: Yeah, that didn’t work out so well for them, did it?

Anna: But they did have the right idea. Gingerbread houses are fun to make—and delicious.

Marlo: We should make one for Gingerbread House Day

Anna: That’s an awesome idea! Do you think we can hold off eating it until Christmas?

Marlo: Let’s be honest—we’ll probably eat the whole thing this week.

If you’d like to know more, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day!

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