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How to Celebrate Poinsettia Day on December 12

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Considering how Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant, it's no wonder they stand out enough to have their own day. December 12 is Poinsettia Day, and the bright red plants look
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beautiful and festive whether they're indoors or sitting outside on a stoop. Although concrete, apartment buildings and other tall buildings rule much NYC, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the day.

Learn their history

One of the best ways to start off Poinsettia Day on December 12 is to learn some facts about the plant. They are native to Mexico, and despite rumor, are actually not poisonous. In 1825, they were introduced into the United States by Joel Poinsett, and today they grow in each state with California being the top state that produces them. When they grow in nature, they grow as shrubs and can reach ten feet tall.

Send Poinsettias

There are several places throughout NYC where you can order Poinsettia plants and have them delivered to your loved ones. A few of the options to consider are Academy Floral where a standard-sized Poinsettia Planter is $52.99, FTD where a small Poinsettia Basket is $39.99, and CitiFloral where a 7.5" Poinsettia is $79.50. Other charges, including tax and some embellishments, are typically not included in the initial price.

Drop off some Poinsettias

Sending Poinsettias is wonderful enough, but sometimes delivering them yourself adds a nice, personal touch. Drop them off to places that could certainly use a little cheering up. Some places in NYC to consider are hospitals, nursing homes, and homeless shelters.

Make Poinsettia crafts

Should you want to put a few decorative touches around your home in honor of Poinsettia Day, one option is to buy your favorite Poinsettia-patterned fabric and make a few decorative items. A no-sew pillow cover is ideal for covering up plain throw pillows. You can also make pillowcases that are easy enough for a beginner to make, a throw blanket, and even a baby blanket.

Decorate with wall decals

One of the benefits of wall decals is that you can decorate for almost any occasion and change the decals without damaging your walls. On December 12, hang up some Poinsettia wall decals, especially around doorways, to add a little Christmas decoration to your home. These are especially useful in notoriously small NYC apartments because they take up no space.

Make a drink

A delicious way to celebrate Poinsettia Day is to make the Poinsettia Cocktail. It requires Champagne, cranberry juice, ice, Vodka and orange zest. Another option is to make Poinsettia Punch, which involves mixing cranberry-apple juice, Champagne, white grape juice, and orange liqueur. To make it a little more festive, put it in high ball glasses that have a hand-painted Poinsettia design.

Make Poinsettia recipes

Whether you're making the dessert recipes for yourself or others, they're ideal to make for Poinsettia Day and for the upcoming holidays. The Raspberry Poinsettia Blossoms require only a hand-full of ingredients including raspberry flavored gelatin, vanilla, and sprinkles. The recipe makes 36 servings and take a little less than two hours to make. Another recipe is the Poinsettia Cake Roll, which would look beautiful as the centerpiece on a holiday buffet table. There are 4 parts to the recipe the edible poinsettias, the ganache, the cake and the filling. Some of the ingredients you'll need include red candy coating disks, baking cocoa, whipping cream, sugar and butter. Another option is decorating a square cake with a Poinsettia design. It may look complicated, but the directions for how to decorate it are incredibly easy to follow.

With Christmas approaching, December 12 is the perfect chance to celebrate Poinsettia Day while you decorate for the holidays. By the end of the day, your home will look more than festive.

Photo copyright belongs to Robert Nunnally via Flickr.
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