"The snowdrop shares its symbolism with the carnation, as they are both the birth flower for the month of January." However, the custom of growing snowdrops at this time of year has even deeper roots among ancient peoples and later Christians:
......And catching, as he gently spake,
A flake of falling snow,
He breathed on it, and bade it take
A form and bud and blow;
And ere the flake had reached the earth,
Eve smiled upon the beauteous birth,
That seemed, amid the general dearth
Of living things, a greater prize
Than all her flowers in Paradise.
"This is an earnest, Eve, to thee,"
The glorious angel said,
"That sun and Summer soon shall be....
...And thus the snowdrop, like the bow
That spans the cloudy sky.
Becomes a symbol whence we know
That brighter days are nigh;
That circling seasons, in a race
That knows no lagging, lingering pace,
Shall each the other nimbly chase,
Till Time's departing final day
Sweep snowdrops and the world away.
George Wilson (1818–59).
Entire poem HERE
"The snowdrop flower has enjoyed a rich and varied history that includes several legends about how the flower came to be.
- Garden of Eden: According to legend, Eve was distraught after God cast her out of the Garden of Eden. God sent forth continuous snow and the earth was cold and barren. As Eve sat weeping, an angel appeared to comfort her. The angel caught a snowflake and breathed upon it. The snowflake fluttered to the earth and gave birth to the snowdrop. This delicate bloom came to symbolize hope and rebirth.
During the Candlemas (Feb. 2), the picture of Virgin Mary was removed and snowdrop petals were displayed instead.
As the Celebrant blesses the candles:
Let us pray
O God, fountain and principle of every light,
Who today revealed to the holy and ancient Simeon
The Christ true light of all people,
Bless these candles
And hear the prayer of your people
Who come to you with these luminous signs
And hymns of praise;
Guide them along the road of good,
Until they reach the light without end.
Through Christ our Lord.