Central America: The Poinsettia, A Christmas Plant

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For those who celebrate Christmas in frostier places of the
world, our most used plant of the season is the Poinsettia.  You see the image on tablecloths, table runners and so forth.  And if done well, conside putting them on your Christmas table.

Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southern Mexico known as ‘Taxco del Alarcon’ where they flower during the winter.

The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.

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British Author Captures the Imagination: Charles Dickens

If there is one thing the British are very proud about it is their contribution to literature which was a highlight of the summer Olympics to reflect the culture of their people.  One very prominent figure is the author Charles Dickens.  The author has captured the imagination of millions with David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Tale of Two Cities  and Oliver Twist.  His work has helped to give a picture of England during his time.  Take a peak at this Christmas figure displace elaborately put together by the folks a Valley Park Church in North Hills, CA. If you have this models you may get inspired.

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