As a Florida girl living in Montana, the poinsettia arrival at this season feels particularly poignant. These red and green leafed plants were hedges that encased my childhood meanderings. Our Montana households simulate the subtropics enough for my old friends to thrive for a time around Christmas.
The variation of climate is particularly striking on a day like today when the high temperature just barely breaks the negative double digits.
There is just something about red that warms the heart.