Francine In Retirement
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A charming story is told of Pepita, a poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked slowly to the chapel with her cousin Pedro, her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy. “I am sure, Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes,” said Pedro consolingly. Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds, fashioning them into a small bouquet. Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she felt more saddened and embarrassed than ever by the humbleness of her offering. She fought back a tear as she entered the small village chapel. As she approached the alter, she remembered Pedro’s kind words: “Even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes.” She felt her spirit lift as she knelt to lay the bouquet at the foot of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into blooms of brilliant red, and all who saw them were certain that they had witnessed a Christmas miracle right before their eyes. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the Flores de Noche Buena, or Flowers of the Holy Night, for they bloomed each year during the Christmas season. Today, the common name for this plant is the poinsettia!  (information found on the internet)





  1. What a lovely story. Your poinsettia shots are lovely too.

  2. Absolutely Beautiful!!!

  3. Thanks Francine. A nice story. Would you believe I saw a lavender colored poinsettia in Costco?

  4. I nominated you for the “Blog of the Year 2012” award. Please go to and go to this link at

  5. You know that I love your work, and so you are my choice for the 2012 Blog of the year award!!! Congratulations! 🙂 See for more info. Again, congrats, you deserve it!

  6. A great story, Francine, and day brightener. Thank you.

  7. What a touching story, Francine. Love your poinsettias. 🙂

  8. Poinsettias have always been my favorite…..thanks

  9. I loved the story, Francine. I’ve never heard it before! I love the pics of the poinsettias too!
    God Bess You!

  10. What a wonderful share 🙂

  11. The story is new to me Francine ! I love the colour of the Poinsettia against the background there … it all looks very luxurious 🙂

  12. I’ve never heard that one. How wonderful

  13. I have one sitting on my hearth right now. It wouldn’t be Christmas without one. Thanks for sharing this lovely story, Francine. I hadn’t heard it either.

  14. Which ever place you go, go with all your heart.

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