4. For the fourth gripe of Christmas I will give to thee: Poinsettias, Mistletoe, and Holly
All of these interesting plants represent the Christmas season in some way. We have all seen bright red Poinsettias in every house or church, kissed under some mistletoe, or sung the words, “deck the halls with bows of holly.” They are pretty green plants in the middle of Winter. But did you know these plants also have something else in common?
All three are poisonous. Yep, that is right, they will make you go poo-poo something awful. That is, if they don’t kill you. The one you have probably heard the story about most is actually the least deadly. Poinsettia can give you a pretty painful stomachache, but that is about all. The other two can put you in the hospital with some serious vomiting and a case of the fire-pigoo.
Add to the mix that mistletoe is a vampire. Mistletoe grows as a sap-sucking parasite in tree branches. Of course, that inspires you to let your loved one suck on your own face as you stand beneath it this yuletide.–Ryan