Poinsettia Blossoms

8×8″ oil on canvas panel; click on painting for purchase information.

Here and there, gradually slipping up our walls and halls are Christmas red and green. Today, I wonder if Saint Nicholas isn’t partly responsible…at least for the bright red. He was a good and generous Bishop of red robes and kind gifts for others. Children learn of him first through Santa Claus, a variation through time and cultures of his name and person. So in his memory, we celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas every December 6, and we sing: “Jolly, Old Saint Nicholas, bend your ear this way,” and ask Our Lord to come and with us ever stay.

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