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Top 5 Flowers for Christmas

After Thanksgiving comes Christmas which is again a time for celebration, decoration, family dinners, gifts, and flowers.

Flowers are an integral part of nearly all festivals and celebrations. Different species of flowers play starring roles on different occasions, and this role is usually dependent on seasonal availability (e.g., you won’t see dahlias in traditional winter bouquets). However, thanks to the magic of online flower stores that ship from anywhere, you can have your favorite flowers delivered fresh from whichever part of the world they’re in season.

Poinsettias

When it comes to the top 5 Christmas flowers, Poinsettia beats all. Others among the top favorite Christmas flowers and plants are Christmas cacti, Mistletoe (yes, the sprig for kisses), Christmas rose (also called hellebores), Holly, and Ivy.

The Poinsettia’s cheerful, bright red color makes it a perfect bloom for Christmas. It is often given in the pot as a hostess gift, and is widely used for Christmas decoration in homes and churches across North America.

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Mistletoe is a key Christmas decoration. It is used in bouquets, centerpieces, wreaths, and popularly hung from ceiling fixtures and over doorways for the tradition of “kissing under the mistletoe” – a practice that in ancient times was supposed to bring good luck and ward off evil, and evolved overtime to become a tender moment of love shared between people.
Holly, with its prickly leaves and red berries, is also known as Christ Thorn. The prickles represent the crown of thorns Jesus wore during the Crucifixion, and the berries symbolize drops of blood.

ChristmasRose

Although called a rose in many forms – Christmas rose, winter rose, snow rose – hellebores aren’t actually roses. The name comes from a Christmas legend that the flowers sprang up in the snowy ground from the tears of a young girl who wept because she had no gift to give the newborn Christ.

 

ChristmasCactusThe Christmas cactus has many species and all are sold under the name of Christmas cactus. These cacti come in a rainbow of colors – red, purple, lavender, peach, orange, cream, and white – and are a favorite choice for hanging baskets.

Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving Day

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The first ever Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims (who sailed from England to North America on the Mayflower) and the Native Americans. Today the celebration includes not only plenty of food and drink, but also an abundance of flowers.

 

Flowers, with their undeniable power to transform any mood and any room, are widely exchanged, couriered, and used for decoration on Thanksgiving. Usually they are set as the centerpiece on the dining table, but if one wants to fill the table with more food or if the table isn’t big enough, then the flowers can be hung from the walls, set on a sideboard, or on occasional tables. A large floor vase filled with bright blooms at the front door is especially welcoming. Choosing the right kind of flowers for your Thanksgiving party can be intimidating; after all, there are so many beautiful flowers in an abundance of colors.

Since Thanksgiving is an autumn celebration, it’s a good idea to pick flowers whose colors reflect the season. Carnations, chrysanthemums, daylilies, snapdragons, tigerlilies, and sunflowers are all vibrant hues of orange, red, and yellow. They brighten up your home and add warmth to the festive foods and fruits you will be serving at your feast.thanksgiving-flowers

A good flower delivery service can help you find out whether the flowers you want are available or not – some hothouse or exotic specialists can get your chosen blooms even though they may not be in season where you live. After that, it’s simply a matter of placing your order!