Symbols of Christmas – Holly “a man’s plant”

Druids believed that the evergreen holly bush, with its shiny leaves and red berries, stayed green to keep the earth beautiful when the sacred oak lost it leaves.

As a substitute for Mistletoe (a pagan symbol), the Christian Church suggested that holly be a replacement during the festive season. The sharply pointed leaves were to symbolize the thorns in Christ’s crown and the red berries drops of his blood. Holly became a nativity tradition.

There are many superstitions surround holly. It is a man’s plant and is believed to bring good luck and protection to men while ivy brings the same to women. It is thought that whoever brings the first sprig of Christmas holly into the home will wear the pants that year (good luck with that!). It was hung about the doors and windows to keep away witches, spells, evil spirits, goblins, and lightning.

SOURCE: http://www.happywink.org

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