I am usually not fond of red flowers. I dislike red roses, and always prefer coral or yellow ones. I seem to avoid red flowers in my yard (although I have hot pink and coral geraniums). I love to WEAR red, and have lots of red clothes. I have had a red car. One exception to the "no red flowers" happens at Christmas. I love ALL poinsettias, and never realized there were so many kinds! Red, pink, white, all kinds of variegated, small curly ones...The last photo is my favorite!
Poinsettias are native to Mexico, the Pacific coast of the U.S., and Guatemala. They are also called Mexican flame leaf, Christmas Star, Winter Rose, Noche Buena, and Stella di Natale in Italy.
According to Wikipedia, "The plants' association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan monks in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations."
December 12 was "Poinsettia Day" in the United States. Who knew?