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.
-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)
-Steel Tower Creche (the only creche in the nation to be authorized by the Vatican)