Today's action is to learn about the history of the plant cuetlaxochitl (kwet-la-sho-she), otherwise known as the poinsettia, through this article. The origins of the plant— ubiquitous in American holiday decorations— are rooted in Aztec culture and only became a symbol of Christmas after colonial evangelists landed in Mexico in the sixteenth century.
The name commonly used today comes from Joel Poinsett who was a slave-owning unabashed nationalist, eventually declared person non grata by the Mexican government. Poinsett is credited for "discovering" cuetlaxochitl during his run as ambassador to Mexico in the early 1800s, and made a small fortune introducing it to the United States.
In addition to reading the article, take some time to practice using the original name of the plant and consider sharing this summary of the story on Instagram.