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New Year’s

I don’t know about you, but when I think of New Year’s Eve, I usually think fireworks. But it’s kind of hard to incorporate fireworks into your New Year’s Eve and New Year’s celebrations. That’s what the T.V. is for, right?

There are some cool and festive things you can do with (you guessed it) flowers! Doing a little research online will bring you to some pretty cool information about the meanings behind some of the traditions of “New Year’s” flowers. Below is our favorite example.

Pine, Bamboo, and Plum

Since 960 BC, the Japanese have called these three plants The Three Friends of Winter. When everything else is dormant, Pine and Bamboo remain green, and Plum is the first to bloom at the end of winter. Thus, these three plants have become a New Year’s symbol for fortitude and uprightness in adverse conditions.

Each individual plant also has its own meanings. Pine alone stands for nobility and venerability. Bamboo symbolizes humility and fidelity. The plum is emblematic of perseverance and purity. Here’s a lovely example of an arrangement with pine and bamboo.

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New Year’s celebrations are a symbol of looking forward to what the New Year will bring. It is a time for reflection, fun, and celebration that we have yet another year before us full of good things.

So this year, forget the fireworks and go with something perhaps a little more meaningful!

Happy New Year!

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The big day is almost here! This time of the year is so exciting. The Holidays are characterized by family, fun, and beautiful decorations among other things. Here at WFI, we’re excited too! We have some really awesome and fun arrangements for the Holiday Season. Our personal favorite is a beautiful Rose arrangement called Christmas Elegance. It is perfect as a centerpiece or even a beautiful Christmas gift.
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Another popular and fun arrangement is the Holiday Flower Tree. It is about 23’’ tall, which is perfect for a small space, like a mantle or a table. Composed of Christmas Greens, it is truly a sight to see.
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Come visit us before Christmas! Remember, we are running SPECIAL HOURS; We are open until 6pm on Saturday the 22nd and open until 5pm on Christmas Eve! We are closed on Christmas Day.

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The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered…We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.
― Elizabeth Edwards

Today with the tragedy that has fallen upon those people in Newtown, Connecticut we think about the important things in life. Our hearts mourn with those families who have lost their precious children and other family members.

We also remember, as Elizabeth Edwards, that living with hope makes life all the more beautiful. Let us live with hope in humanity, each doing our part to change the world for good.

Random Acts of Kindness: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-stories

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With Thanksgiving long-gone and Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to think about Holiday traditions. At WFI we LOVE the Holidays. And even though everyone has different traditions to commemorate their celebrations, they all add that special feeling to the season. Here is one tradition we especially love and its significance.

Poinsettias are a very popular Christmas tradition that, in the U.S., stems back to the 1800s. They were originally brought to the U.S. from Mexico by the State’s Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett (hence the eventual name for the plant, Poinsettia!). However, Poinsettias have an ancient tie to Christmas. Here’s how the legend goes:

There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. But Pepita wanted to give something to the baby Jesus, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. At the chapel, she knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.

This is just one of the hundreds of traditions that are celebrated world-wide at Christmastime.

We want to know what YOUR favorite traditions are!

Leave a comment below, post on facebook, or tweet (don’t forget to tag us). Tell us your tradition and where it comes from! Hear from you soon!

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FREE Christmas Activity!

What: FREE Christmas Activity

When: Saturday, December 15th (that’s THIS Saturday)

Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

For Who: KIDS!!

Where: WFI Main Showroom

Please join us for some Christmas fun! And best of all, it’s free! See you there!

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Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful- Norman Vincent Peal14_days_till_christmas_by_trulyaddicted-d34nkap

We can’t help but be excited! The special feelings that accompany the Holiday Season are all around us! At WFI we are ready for the magic to begin!

The Holidays are about creating special moments. And we are in the business of helping you to do just that! We specialize in making your occasion unique, exceptional, and memorable for YOU and your dear ones!

Visit us at our website www.watanabefloral.com for our locations or to order online!

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