Holly, #WorldWatercolorGroup

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.  Didn’t know I could sing, did you?  Well, it can barely be called singing, but this time of year has me caroling every day.  Actually, December is my birthday month and that is why my parents named me Carol, although the name Holly was a close contender.  But I digress . . .

Holly leaves and berries

Holly leaves and berries

Holly is a popular decoration at Christmastime and dates back to pagan celebrations of the winter solstice.  As Christianity was introduced, the prickly leaves of the holly plant represented the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. The berries represented the drops of blood that were shed by Jesus for our salvation. Also, it is said that the leaves resemble flames to remind us of God’s burning love for His people.

 

Holly berries are a great source of food for birds and other outdoor wildlife but are toxic to humans and pets, so it is best to keep real holly berries outside.  However, the leaves make excellent wreaths and sprigs that last quite a while.  Fa la la la la!

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