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TexUS
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0 posted 12-20-2004 01:22 AM       View Profile for TexUS   Email TexUS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for TexUS

The Legend of "la flor de nochebuena"...
The Flower of Christmas Eve

Eva was a sweet girl, giving her best always.  Being poor, in a small Mexican village, her best was what came from her heart, nothing that
could be bought.

But it was Christmas Eve, and as she headed for church that evening,it suddenly struck her just how poor she was.  
She had no gift to place before the alter of the Virgin and Her Glorious Child.

She walked along, as tears of sorrow flowed.  She loved her Savior, He gave her so much, and she had nothing to give in return.

She spoke a small prayer into the chilly evening air, "Dear God, I have no gift to give your Son, please forgive me."

Suddenly, an Angel appeared, and Eva fell to her knees.
"Arise, dear child" the Angel spoke.
"Gather these weeds from the side of the road, and
take them to the Alter."

Eva didn't understand, weeds for the Christ child?

Humbled, she did as she was told, for something was
better than nothing, and this Angel was a miracle!

She arrived at church, with her wilted bouquet of weeds. As Eva walked down the isle, she bowed her head, chin to chest.
Hearing whispers of the other parishioners...voices
full of pity, or rage and disgust, Eva silently cried.  
As each tear dropped from her cheek, and fell upon a weed, it burst forth into a starry crimson flower.  
One at a time, they sprouted, until she reached the alter with hands full of beautiful blooms.

With a shy smile, she laid her precious gift
at the feet of Mary.
"For you, now and forever, Mother and Child,
la flor de nochebuena."


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What a beautiful holiday story to lift the spirits and be reminded of small miracles. Just lovely TexUS, I enjoyed this.  

Best wishes to you for a wonderful holiday season,
/Kit
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2 posted 12-20-2004 11:45 AM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

"la flor de nochebuena"

even I am moved by the beauty of that.

Welcome!

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

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3 posted 12-20-2004 12:51 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Just a lovely story, and I hope you don't mind my sharing it with my family this Christmas Eve?  Beautiful!

                        
Let there be peace on earth ~ and let it begin with me

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An Exquisite story, yes, and dear girl, Welcome to Passions!  Please check your e-mail for a very Special Greeting!
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What a beautiful Christmas story! I've never heard this one before...is it about poinsettias? It's very good!  

~sky


Have a Holly Jolly Christmas! Jesus is the reason for the season!!
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Beautiful first post! Please don't wait another whole year and a half to post again!
Merry Christmas!

~Alli~

Happy Holidays!

TexUS
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Thank you ladies for the kind words and encouragement!


Sunshine, your card was so sweet! Loved what you did with this.


Mysteria, what an honor! Share away!
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Very good version of the Poinsettia Legend.  It was refreshing to read it again through another's eyes and pen.
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TexUS~
Hsving heard the great Mexican Legend of the Christmas Eve Flower from some wonderful friends, I also enjoyed seeing it here~

Merry CHRISTmas~
*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

~*When the heart grieves over what it has lost,
the spirit rejoices over what it has left.
- Sufi epigram <))><

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You tell this legend well. Thanks for reminding us here of the magic of Christmas.  Love, Joyce
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Thank you for sharing this meaningful legend.  It was a delight to read.  Happy holidays to you.
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12 posted 12-20-2007 10:48 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

ing some Christmas cheer~

~*The sound of a kiss is not as strong as that of a cannon, but it's echo endures much longer*~
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