Flower Of the Month - December
The December Birthday Flower – Narcissus
The December Birth Flower is the Narcissus.A bulbous plant having erect linear leaves and showy yellow or white flowers comprising the daffodils and jonquils of several kinds.
This flower is native to the Mediterranean region, but a few species are found through central Asia to China.
The December Birth Flower, the Narcissus is also called the Daffodil. In Wales it is traditional to wear a daffodil on Saint David’s Day (March 1st)
The History and traditions surrounding the December Birth Flower, the Narcissus is fascinating.
There are many myths and legends about the origins of this tradition. It is believed that birthday celebrations originated in the Roman Empire and the origins of birth month flowers, such as the Narcissus, could be said to date back to these times. During Roman birthday celebrations family and friends offered congratulations and brought gifts. The gifts included gemstone jewelry, such as the Turquoise, and also flowers – the first traditions and origins of the December Birth Flower.
The language of flowers developed during the highly conservative period of the Victorian era. The Victorians were strongly restricted by the rules of etiquette when it was considered totally inappropriate to express feelings of love or affection. The “Language of Flowers” therefore evolved when a message was assigned to specific flower such as the Narcissus. A lover could then send flowers which conveyed a hidden romantic meaning.
The meaning of the December Birth Flower, the Narcissus is respect, modesty and faithfulness.
The hidden message of the Birth Flower, the Narcissus, so favored during the Victorian era varied “You’re the Only One”.
The colors of the December Birth Flower, the Narcissus, include the following:
All over the World people give Birth Month Flowers as gifts to celebrate special occasions or events. Flowers, such as the Narcissus, are always given to celebrate the birth of a new baby and included in wedding flowers or a wedding bouquet. Many people also like to give December Birth Flower, including the Narcissus, to celebrate special events at different times and months of the year and especially during holiday periods. Knowing the flowers which are associated with the December Birth Flower and their meaning adds to the significance of the flowers. The special events where it would be appropriate to give the December Birth Flower, the Narcissus are as follows: