Advent Calendar 6th December 2008


Holly
During December as the winter solstice approached, and when the bright red berries appeared on the holly our Celtic ancestors decorated their homes with sprigs of the evergreen shrub. It was believed that holly brought magical protection for homes against witches and lightning strikes.
At this time of the year the Romans gave holly wreaths as gifts during the Saturnalia - a celebration sacred to Saturn, and we continue to decorate our homes with cheerful holly ...'deck the halls with boughs of holly'

Christmas Holly
Green groweth the holly,
So doth the ivy.
Though winter blasts blow never so high,
Green groweth the holly.

King Henry VIII 1522




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