December is finally upon us and festive anticipation is beginning to mount. It's that wonderful time of the year when we decorate our homes, heat up the mulled wine and crank our favourite Christmas classics as we look forward to spending the holidays with our nearest and dearest. To celebrate the 1st day of December we thought we'd take a look at some of the most popular Christmas Flowers traditionally used during the festive period.
The holidays wouldn't be complete without a sprig of fresh mistletoe. The use of mistletoe around the winter season actually pre-dates the birth of Christ by around 200 years as the plant is thought to have been used by Druid priests during their Pagan winter celebrations. Sounds somewhat eerie, perhaps, but maybe not any more so than the modern tradition of your inebriated, slightly lecherous uncle using a sprig of the stuff to try and get a kiss!
The Poinsettia plant was seen as a symbolic representation of purity by the ancient Aztecs of Mexico in centuries past. The flower went on to become a staple for Christmas Eve decorations and was even dubbed 'the Christmas Flower' in North America thanks to its appropriately festive red colour and the fact that it blooms around the Christmas season. As, such, our Festive Red Poinsettia Plant is perfect to decorate your home this Christmas, or would also serve as a lovely, heartfelt festive gift.
Holly is generally regarded as one of the most widely used plants throughout Europe when it comes to celebrating Christmas. Usually arranged in wreath form, Holly is very much synonymous with the festive season as reflected in the popular yuletide song, Deck the Halls (with boughs of Holly).
Our Festive Fresh Holly Wreath perfectly embodies classical Christmas splendour with its beautifully arranged mixture of festive berries and gorgeous fresh holly. Measuring in at an impressive 38cm diameter, this striking wreath would make for an eye-catching addition to your front door this Christmas.
The Orchid Cactus usually blooms around Christmas time and has hence been named the Christmas Cactus, a tradition which originated in North America. This plant is perfect for creating decorative hanging baskets or for presenting as a unique gift to a loved one.
Species of rose including Serissa and Helleborus Niger are used to celebrate Christmas all over the world, a tradition which originated in North America. Inspired by this tradition, we at Clare Florist have created our very own Christmas Rose Gift Set - the ultimate bundle of festive joy if you are looking to go all out and spoil that someone special this Christmas. This extra special festive flower arrangement boasts fresh red roses complemented by gold berries and lush foliage. Included with the bouquet you get a glass vase, a box of desireable Thornton's chocolates and a handwritten card. As if that's not enough, free next day delivery is included as standard!
This concludes our list of popular festive flowers - feel free to let us know which flowers are your favourite to celebrate the Christmas season!