Flower photos via Photobucket. Flower info via What’s My Birth Flower?.
Here we are with December’s birth flowers, Narcissus [genus: Narcissus] and Poinsettia [genus: Euphorbia]. Narcissus is also known as Daffodil, which is the birth flower for March.
Most of us are familiar with the story of Narcissus, the young hunter who was so in love with himself that, staring at himself in a pool of water, ended up falling in and drowning. This is where we get the word narcissism. Thus, this flower symbolizes vanity in the West. In the East, the narcissus symbolizes good fortune.
December’s second birth flower is the Poinsettia. This is the flower most associated with the Christmas/Yule season (the other flower would be holly). Poinsettias come from Mexico and Central America. Red dye was created from poinsettias by the Aztecs. The meaning behind this flower is “You’re the only one”.
Poinsettias are not my favorite flowers, since they immediately conjure up thoughts of Christmas. But since they are connected to the Christmas/Yule season, I thought this vintage poinsettia earring and pin set would be perfect to wear to this year’s office party.
Here is my makeup. I wanted it to be festive, but office-friendly:
My outfit was a bit conservative for the office party, but it did have a ’70s vibe to it. Perhaps it was the boots and headscarf? Next Friday is Christmas, can you believe that? I’ll have a couple more posts before 2015 ends, so stay tuned. I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Yule-Kwanzaa-Hanukkah-Festivus!
Love & Shimmies,