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Light Up Your Christmas With Popular Christmas Plants

Wong Shu Lee  

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  December 14, 2021

Christmas is coming! Although we can’t experience the freezing, snowy Christmas in Malaysia, we can always recreate the European Christmas at home by playing some Christmas-themed songs and putting up some Christmas decorations. 

 

Christmas trees are often expensive, and if you’re living in a small apartment, a huge Christmas tree may take up big space in your living hall. However, you can explore Christmas plants that can bring beauty and good cheer to your home! 

Poinsettia

 

 

The reason we associate poinsettias with the holidays comes from an old Mexican legend. A young girl named Pepita was sad that she didn’t have a gift to leave for the baby Jesus at Christmas Eve services. Her cousin tried to comfort her and said that Jesus would love any present from her, even the smallest one. With no money to buy a real gift, Pepita picked a bouquet of weeds that she walked past on the way to church. (Other versions of the story say an angel came to her and instructed her to pick the plants.) When she got there, she left the weeds at the bottom of the nativity scene. All of a sudden, the weeds transformed into beautiful red flowers. This is why Christmas colors are red and green. 

 

From that day on, poinsettias became known as “Flores de Noche Buena,” or “Flowers of the Holy Night.”

 

Pine Cones

 

 

Throughout the span of recorded human history, pinecones have been a symbol of human enlightenment, resurrection, eternal life, and regeneration. Conifers are some of the oldest forms of plant life on earth. 

 

Pinecones are traditional for Christmas; they are simple to find and give a cute touch to the décor, making it cozy. They are perfect to combine with candles to create some exciting centerpieces. Besides, a pinecone wreath is a cool alternative to a usual one but you may also add some of them to a fir tree wreath. 

 

Winterberry

 

 

Winterberry is a prized ornamental plant among American growers for the brilliant midwinter splash of color it brings from its densely packed berries. The dense display of berries stands out even more on its stems as the foliage drops off, making the berry-laden branches sans leaves a natural for use in floral and natural Christmas wreaths. 

 

Dusty Miller

 

 

Dusty Miller represents joy. Each stem features lacy, velvety soft silver sage foliage and it is just perfect if you want to give your arrangement a snowy look. The Dusty Miller green has a silver look of the leaves actually comes from numerous tiny white hairs. The shape of the fronds may remind you of large snowflakes too. 

 

There are many beautiful Christmas plants that can instantly turn your space warm and cozy. Besides plants, you can decorate your house with candles, string lights, socks, and more. Let’s get creative! 

 

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