I can’t get myself out of the habit of pronouncing it Pointsettia with a T, which I know is wrong.
You’re in good company, Eliza. I actually know a guy who grows poinsettias for a living (I have a beautiful example of his work next to my monitor as we speak) and he calls them pointsettias and tells anyone who objects that his mother called them pointsettias and he’s not going to disrespect his mother and he would appreciate it if you would keep your opinions to yourself!
New and wilder varieties come out every year and he has them all, but the deep velvety reds are still my favorites. We always had poinsettias in the house at Christmas time and when I was a young lad my father told me that Santa would be glad to see the poinsettia because it reminded him of Rudolph’s nose, so we always left our cookies and milk for Santa on the side of the fireplace hearth, next to the poinsettia.
May you all have cookies and milk and know the joy of love given and received this holiday season and always!