Flores de noche buena
The beautiful Christmas Pachelbel
What is Christmas without the wonderful Poinsettia? It was known to the Aztecs of Mexico as ‘cuetlaxochitl.’ They used the red leaves to dye clothing and made a healing potion of the milky sap. Anyone wearing red was considered sacred and pure. The “cuetlaxochitl” was also a symbol for lactating mothers.
Later, it was named after a horticulturist and missionary named Poinsett. The Poinsettia doesn’t have a true flower but instead, the coloured leaves are called bracts. In Christian symbolism the shape of the leaves represent the Star of Bethlehem that lead the wise men of the East to the Christ child.
flowers of the holy night,
Quetzalcoatl wings ignite
sacred motherhood in white.
Purity and blood combine,
star to flesh in heat enshrine –
I pray for the peace and comfort of all during this Christmas season and spiritual time of reflection as the old year passes. May tears be dried and smiles come easily. I hope that we will have beautiful memories and create new ones, and that we will give thanks for all we have and for the gift of those who have touched our lives. Happy Hanukkah to all celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights. (Dec 16-24)
and, missing and remembering our sweet Robin! Rest in peace darling girl.
For all traditionalists among us-
from the Chieftains wonderful “Bells of Dublin” album, two beautiful old French carols; Il e ne and Ca Berger
“A small matter to make these silly folk so full of gratitude”– ghost of Christmas Past