Today is "National Poinsettia Day."
Congress chose December 12 in remembrance of former ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, a native South Carolinian who popularized the colorful bracts (another way to say "modified leaves.") Poinsett died on Dec. 12, 1851. Poinsettias (also known as poinsettas -- no "i") have become the quintessential Christmas plant. For me, a poinsetta says that Christmas is coming. (I leave out the "i").
If you have a young child in your life, you can share Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie DePaola. It is available in the Children's rooms at some of our branch libraries. The call number is J 398.24 DEP.
The photo of the poinsettia was taken in our 2nd floor gallery, currently hosting the Photography Club of Beaufort's show “Celebration of American Music.” The gallery will be open 9 am until 5 pm most weekdays until January 30th.