What flowers to send for Christmas by wanghonghx


									What flowers to send for Christmas
A carefully selected display of flowers adds a touch of class to the home at any time
of year, but there are traditional types of flowers associated with each season, from
the mellow pastel shades of spring, through the vibrant warm pinks and yellows of
summer to the golden reds and rusts of autumn. When it comes to Christmas, the
traditional winter blooms of Poinsettia, holly and fern add a cheery note to those cold
and dreary mornings as they echo the decorations we enjoy in our Churches at this
special time.

The Poinsettia, probably the most poignant floral symbol of Christmas, has its origin
in Mexico, where legend has it that two children of peasant families, unable to buy
fresh flowers, once brought weeds to Church to lay before the nativity scene. As the
congregation jeered, it is said that the green leaves magically blossomed into vivid red
petals, giving birth to the Poinsettia plant which now enjoys a special place in our
festive celebrations.

Nowadays our shops are full of Poinsettias in the run-up to Christmas and their
vivacious red and forest green tones form the backbone of many of our Christmas
bouquets, wreaths and flower displays. Blend in carefully selected sprigs of holly,
seasonal leaves, evergreen ferns, red carnations or fragrant red Asiatic lilies and you
have the ingredients for the perfect Christmas display. In sharp contrast to the more
traditional seasonal colours, we also find plenty of beautiful selections of silvery
white bouquets. These more contemporary creations capture the frosty hues of a
winters morning with chrysanthemums, white roses, germini and white freesias
blending to offer a fragrant festive decoration. Thanks to improvements in
transportation, local flower shops, garden centres and internet retailers alike can now
offer bouquets containing flowers from all over the world, with tropical blooms
adding a touch of the exotic.

Growing ever more popular as gifts are the fantastic Christmas basket arrangements,
which offer a more practical alternative to bouquets. These balance the impact created
by other seasonal accessories in the room such as the Christmas tree and festive
decorations and they make a fabulous centrepiece for the dining table on Christmas
day. The advantage of baskets is that they don't require a suitable vase and can be
easily placed and moved around. Traditional baskets may be adorned with spicy
cinnamon bundles reminiscent of mulled wine and copper coated pine cones to reflect
the forest floor in winter. Dusted with a little glitter and tied with festive ribbon, they
add a real sense of rustic charm to any home.

If you are sending flowers, one important word of advice would of course be to find
out the colour scheme of the house where they will be sent, to ensure that your chosen
blooms will be in keeping with the decor. Christmas flowers are a living symbol of
everything that makes this the most special occasion in the Christian calendar: hope,
joy, love and beauty and the giving of flowers is representative of the kindness of the
human heart at this time of year. As a Christmas gift, whether it be for your wife, your
parents, friends or neighbours, will always be welcomed as a tasteful addition to the
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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