Happy Holly-days! Today’s treat is Christmas Holly. Yes, that’s right, we now have it AVAILABLE!!
During this festive season, holly adorns houses all over the world. This iconic Christmas plant, with its glossy, green prickly leaves and red berries has become a popular ornament for those looking to enliven their homes with a little Christmas spirit. But where did this tradition begin? What does Holly represent in the celebration of Christmas?
- In the christian traditions, the word ‘holly’ even comes from the same root as ‘holy’ in Old English. Early Romans used it as a decoration, and it now said to symbolise Jesus’ crown of thorns, with the berries as drops of blood that were shed.
- The berries on the Holly are a delicious source of food for birds, but you wouldn’t want to snack on them yourselves, they are toxic to humans!
- Although it is closely associated with Christmas, holly was linked to winter traditions before Christianity: Druids considered it a sacred plant, and often wore holly crowns on their heads.
- In pagan times, Holly was thought to be a male plant and Ivy a female plant. An old tradition from the Midlands of England says that whatever one was brought into the house first over winter, tells you whether the man or woman of the house would rule that year! But it was unlucky to bring either into a house before Christmas Eve.
- In heraldry, holly is used to symbolise truth.
How can you decorate your home with Holly?
Holly, is one of many christmas foliages, that is used to decorate your home interior for this festive season. Create christmas decorations with holly by cutting shorter branches with berries on, and adding them to wreaths and garlands.
You can also create candle displays around your home, on windowsills and mantelpieces or even, tie a few clusters together with ribbon and hang it up or attach to gift wrapping!
Types of Holly
Above, are the types of Holly that are available on our website @ www.trianglenursery.co.uk/christmas-products
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