Lyric of the Day: Oh Christmas Lights, Keep Shining On
Dressember Day 8:
Dress: Xhiliration by Target
Jacket: Blanc Noire
Boots: Steve Madden
Wake up and smell the poinsettias! 🙂 My Dressember picture today features my two favorite things about Christmas: Lights & poinsettias. As tradition goes, we put on Christmas Lights as a symbol of Jesus, coming into our world as the ultimate Light in the darkness.
There is also an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettia’s and Christmas come together, it goes like this:
There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.
‘Pepita’, he said “I’m sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy.”
Pepita didn’t know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena’, or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.
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.
Reading the history of these Christmas traditions brings so much perspective and meaning to the different aspects of our celebrations. As we join together in the movement to eradicate slavery in the world and bring light to very dark places in our world, we must be reminded of the words that Eleanor Roosevelt once said “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. We can waste so much time focusing on the problem, cursing the darkness, wondering why such evil exists in the world. But wouldn’t the time be better spent lighting the candle, spreading awareness, rehabilitating those in need and effecting positive change? We may be like Pepita and not have much to bring. But God can use our seeds and grow them into beautiful flowers that reflect His love and sacrifice throughout the world.
This Christmas, I pray that we will discover the light within our hearts and never “hide it under a bushel”, as the well-known children’s song goes. We all can do something. We all have a light, we all have a seed. May your light shine in the dark places of the world this season as you help others and may God grow the seed you bring and bring beauty to its surroundings.