Today is "National Poinsettia Day."
Congress chose December 12 in remembrance of former ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, a native South Carolinian who popularized the colorful bracts (another way to say "modified leaves.") Poinsett died on Dec. 12, 1851. Poinsettias (also known as poinsettas -- no "i") have become the quintessential Christmas plant.
If you have a young child in your life, you can share Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie DePaola. It is available in each of our Children's rooms at the branch libraries. The call number is 398.24 DEP. If you prefer a video, it can be borrowed from our Hilton Head Branch library. -- gmc