Have you noticed that there are a lot of poinsettias around at the moment? Poinsettias are a very popular Christmas plant. Do you know the story of the poinsettia?
In Mexico, children take presents to their local churches at Christmas. The presents are for baby Jesus, whose birthday is celebrated at Christmas. The story says that a very poor child, Pepita, wanted to take a present too. But she didn't have any money to buy anything. She didn't have anything at all that she could give because her family was so poor. Not even a toy.
Pepita decided to pick some flowers as a present. But because it was winter there weren't any flowers. So she picked some weeds instead and took those.
PHOTO: CATHERINE THOMAS, TAIPEI TIMES
When she arrived at the church all the other children had nice presents. Pepita tried hard not to look at the other people as she went up and put down her gift. Suddenly, the weeds turned into a beautiful red plant!
Parents in Mexico explain to their children that a present given with love will always be beautiful, no matter what it is.
(CATHERINE THOMAS, STAFF WRITER)
1. celebrate v.t./v.i.
慶祝 (qing4 zhu4)
例: I'm celebrating New Year's Eve at Taipei 101.
2. poor adj.
貧窮的 (pin2 qiong2 de5)
例: There are poor children in every country in the world.
3. weed n.
野草 (ye2 cao3)
例: Daisies are weeds, even though they are pretty.
4. parents n.
父母親 (fu4 mu3 qin1)
例: My parents don't let me watch TV.
Many people mistake the red part of the plants for petals, but actually they are leaves. Poinsettias actually have tiny green flowers inside the red leaves.
Put the words below each sentence in the correct order to complete the sentences.
1. I wanted to go to the fair but _______________ money.
didn't / I / have / any
2. After we added water to the mixture, _______________ gloopy mess.
turned / a / into / it
3. I want to go to winter camp just _______________ children.
all / like / the /other
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A: It’s only day three of the quarantine, but I’m already getting cabin fever. Do you think it would be OK to take a bit of exercise in the park? B: No way! If we go outside, we’ll be putting others at risk. A: Even if we keep our distance? B: I just think we shouldn’t take the risk. We have to stay inside to protect the elderly and vulnerable people. A: 今天才是隔離的第三天，我已經感覺有幽閉恐懼症了。你覺得去外面公園運動一下可以嗎？ B: 不行！如果我們出門，就會陷其他人於感染的風險中。 A: 就算我們保持距離也不行嗎？ B: 我只是覺得我們不應該冒這個險。我們必須留在家裡，才能保護老年人和身體虛弱的人。 English 英文: Chinese 中文: