A little shepherd girl was tending her father's sheep on a hillside near Bethlehem. As she watched the animals, she saw a group of shepherds hurrying past. She asked them where they were going, and they told her of the holy child born that night. They were taking gifts of fruit, honey, and a snow-white dove to the baby.
The shepherds went on, but the little girl stayed behind. She, too, wanted to see the infant Christ, but she had nothing to give Him. When the poor shepherdess knelt weeping in the snow, an angel saw her. As the angel touched each fallen tear, a beautiful pale pink rose appeared in its place.
Joy replaced the girl's sadness, and she quickly gathered the rose blossoms. Then she ran all the way to Bethlehem. There she presented the beautiful bouquet to Mary as a gift for her newborn Son.
Since that time, the Christmas rose blooms each year in December to remind the world of the simple gift of love given by a poor shepherd girl.