12/15 -- the Christmas rose
A well known English plant, the Christmas rose, is a true Christmas flower. It is sometimes called the Snow or Winter Rose. It blooms in the depths of winter in the mountains of Central Europe.
Legend links it with the birth of Christ and a little shepherdess named Madelon.
As Madelon tented her sheep one cold and wintry night, wise men and other shepherds passed by the snow covered field where she was with their gifts for the Christ Child. The wise men carried the rich gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense and the shepherds, fruits, honey and doves
Poor Madelon began to weep at the thought of having nothing, not even a simple flower for the Newborn King. An angel, seeing her tears, brushed away the snow revealing a most beautiful white flower tipped with pink - the Christmas rose.
let us remember the children we lost Friday in the school shooting in Newton Con. and their families and the adults who were also shot for no reason. lets also remember those kill this week in the Portland OR. shopping mall.
The mountains are calling and I must go. ― John Muir
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. ~Sir Edmund Hillary
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