By Ellen Probert Williamson
Plants have been used as decorations at Christmastime ever since the first Christmas in Bethlehem.
It started, according to an old tale, with a little shepherd girl who had no lamb, myrrh or gold to give to the Christ Child. She was showered with miraculous roses from heaven. She gathered them into a bouquet as a gift for the infant Jesus.
Many and varied are legends, customs, ideas and traditions that, for many centuries, have celebrated Christmas.