One of the best things about being a foreign language teacher is the ability to celebrate holidays and seasonal events while still staying within the confines of the curriculum. I know that other teachers can do this as well, of course. I'm always amazed by the creativity of math teachers and science teachers especially, but celebrating the holidays and still sticking to the curriculum is easy for us foreign language teachers.
The poinsettia is native to Mexico and there is a sweet little legend about them as well. The story has to do with giving gifts with love and a pure heart - perfect for Christmas season without having to get too religious.
Teaching students the legend of the poinsettia and having them make their own poinsettias is a perfect thing to do after a hard test or, in our case, a midterm exam. Add in a little música navideña and it's almost a fiesta in your classroom!