Advent Calendar 14th December 2012


Advent meaning 'the coming', is a month full of excitement and anticipation for Yule/ winter solstice and Christmas celebrations - enjoy our online advent calendar countdown and discover the customs and traditions of Yule

ivy
Ivy
Evergreens have been used to decorate homes since Pagan times, when they were believed to be a symbol of eternal life. Evergreens were considered magical due to their ability to retain signs of life during winter, and producing berries like holly.
Evergreen plants, like ivy and holly, were brought into the home during the Winter Solstice - a celebration of light and rebirth. Ivy was the symbol of Bacchus - god of wine and merriment.
The holly was traditionally thought to be masculine (prickly and tough) and the ivy feminine (clingy and heart-shaped), bringing balance and harmony, a yin and yang, to the home - also promising fertility to the household.
burial chamber and ivy
Ivy grows wild around the burial chamber




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