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Poinsettia Day is celebrated on December 12th in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett’s birthday, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico in the 1800s. After visiting Mexico and seeing the plants, he sent several home to his plantation in South Carolina where he began to grow them. Through his generosity in giving the plants away to friends and gardens, the poinsettia was introduced to the United States.
If you are studying Christmas Around the World, you should include a mini-unit on the holiday Las Posadas, celebrated in Mexico.
Lessons and Activities:
Celebrate Poinsettia Day: Kindergarten lesson ideas
The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
The Miracle of the First Poinsettia by Joanne Oppenheim
Uno, Dos, Tres, Posada! by Virginia Kroll
These poinsettia crafts are so beautiful and easy to make. They brighten up any room or tree!
Poinsettia Art Project from Deep Space Sparkle
Sand Dollar Poinsettia ornaments
Have a party!
Make poinsettia punch- Combine cranberry juice (14 oz.), ginger ale (20 oz.) and lemon juice to taste. Makes about 8 servings.
If you love making cakes, try this Poinsettia Cake Roll!
If you extend your Poinsettia Day celebration to include learning about Las Posadas, be sure to include your own pinata!
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