Christmas in Pittsburgh-a photo essay

Poinsettias are one of the things I like most about Christmas (yes, I’m channeling Julie Andrews as I write this).  To me they’re simple yet striking and will make any home or workplace that much more festive. I will never forget the Christmas I spent in Cuernavaca, Mexico and most notably, the stunning poinsettias that were everywhere, including ones for sale on the side of the road. While one can purchase poinsettias just about anywhere in the United States, if you live in a cold weather state like Pennsylvania it can be a bit trickier. Poinsettias are very high maintenance and besides not liking to get their leaves wet (it’s recommended you give water to a poinsettia by letting it soak it in from the bottom), they hate the cold and any drafty space. One year as a child my mom and I bought a poinsettia-stunning and in full bloom. A few days later it was completely dead simply from the short time the poinsettia was exposed to cold weather between the store and car and then the car and house. But in a place like Cuernavaca, Mexico where the weather is temperate year-round, poinsettias can just “be” which makes them all the more beautiful when seeing them lined up on a hilly road and not in a climate controlled greenhouse. That and like everything locally produced in Mexico, they’re ridiculously cheap.

And to keep you in the holiday spirit since Christmas after all is only a week away, here are some shots I took of Christmas in Pittsburgh.

Places to “experience” Christmas in Pittsburgh

-The Rink at PPG Place
-PPG Wintergarden (this features gingerbread houses made from local community members, an elaborate train set, and a display of Santas and other holiday figures from around the world)
Christmas Market 
-Steel Tower Creche (the only creche in the nation to be authorized by the Vatican)

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  • Reply
    Jo Ann M.
    December 19, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Gorgeous photos of Christmas in Pittsburgh! Do you have any more photos of the Creche? How big is it and why is it authorized by the Vatican?

    All the trees are beautiful! Thanks for the info on the Poinsettias. I kill mine every year. Although last year they lasted longer than usual. Someone told me to water them with ice cubes.

    Interesting that the Poinsettia got its English name from the US minister to Mexico Joel Roberts Poinsett. What is it called in Mexico?

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      December 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Unfortunately, I forgot to head down to the Creche the other night! It’s a little bit removed from the core Christmas attractions. Definitely google images of it but I will try to take a photo of it once I’m back from the holidays! It really is impressive. It’s huge!!!! I’m not sure why it’s authorized by V.C., I will need to research that.

      Yes, I’ve definitely done the ice cube trick with my orchids in the past. Seems to work!

      I think in Spanish they’re just called “la flor de navidad” (Christmas flower). Not totally creative!

  • Reply
    December 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Tis the season, a little bit different to what we have here (Santa’s on surfboards anyone?) and I love the poinsettias!

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      December 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      Ha ha, Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere! I loved when we were in Maui a few years ago during Christmas as Santa didn’t have reindeer but rather dolphins!

      Yes, poinsettias are just beautiful! Happy holidays!

  • Reply
    December 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Great photos! I just published a similar post yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ I love seeing all the pretty decorations and all the people out enjoying the holidays. I included a photo of the creche too – it’s so pretty!

    • Reply
      Julie Tulba
      December 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks! I meant to take a photo of the creche but then of course forgot to do so when I was downtown walking about! It’s my favorite time of the year for many reasons but it is lovely to as you said seeing everyone out enjoying the holiday season. It definitely is a time of year where age does not matter ๐Ÿ™‚ Pittsburgh does put on a good show!

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