5 Christmas Floras And Their Quirky Origins

More than just celebrations and presents, here’s an inside look into the floras and faunas that gives Christmas its warm and inviting charm!

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

Its almost impossible for you to miss them, especially with their striking red leaves joyfully greeting you at an orchard! Symbolizing purity, good cheer and success, these Poinsettias commonly known as Christmas flowers, are low-maintenance plants that make for thoughtful gifts. While the red variety is more commonly seen, Poinsettias are also available in a wide range of colors that include yellow, pink and white.

 

Holly

Holly

Not to be mistaken for Mistletoe, Holly is characterized by green pointed leaves and red berries (resembling fresh cranberries). Fresh ones are hard to come by, especially in Asia. They are commonly used in European countries to celebrate winter solstice and as a talisman to warn off evil spirits. According to Christian beliefs, the Holly’s pointed leaves represent the crown of thorns Jesus wore and red berries represent the drops of blood shed during his crucifixion.

 

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

Likewise, not to be mistaken for Holly, Mistletoe is characterized by white berries and small slender leaves. As it is a symbol of love and friendship, the practice of kissing under a mistletoe actually comes from Norse mythology (yes, Thor and Odin from Marvel comics are Norse gods). Popular to popular belief, it is not just another modern day western practice or an excuse to get cosy with your loved one!

 

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Whether Noble Fir or Norway Spruce, for the last one thousand years Christmas trees have become a quintessential part of the season’s celebrations. However, it was only as recently as the 16th century that Christmas trees were brought home and decorated for the season. Decorate them in traditional red and gold or go with a snowy winter wonderland theme, having a fully decorated tree at home is one of the season’s highlights.

 

Ellwoodii

Ellwoodii

And for those who want to keep the Christmas spirit alive well after January, there is the humble Ellwoodii. Resembling pocket sized versions of a traditional Christmas tree, these hardy and furry Ellwoodiis can grow up to twice its height, even in our warm and humid climate! Taking care of them is relatively easy too, just ensure that they get enough sunlight, water and feed them with “plant food”  at least twice a year. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

 

Looking to welcome the season in style and spread some joy into your home? Here are some great home decoration and gift ideas for you! But if you would rather read more about flowers, head on over here to browse our entire library.