Well by gosh by golly, tonight’s post is all about holly!
One of the more familiar icons of the Christmas season in North America holly is a direct analogy to Jesus Christ.
Obviously the red berries are said to represent the blood that was shed for the remittance of sin. Only innocent blood could break the curse of Adam.
The prickles on the leaves are in relationship to the crown of thorns. In Roman Times the highest honor a leader could receive was a crown made from the grass of the battlefield where he had just gained victory. Because the thorn is a symbol for the curse of Adam a crown of thorns could be seen as a symbol for Christ’s victory, awarded to him by the sinners who He was born to save.
Holly is evergreen representing eternal life bestowed upon us by Jesus.
The wood produced by holly is white and symbolizes purity.
On a side note, if you want to have pretty red berries on your holly tree you need two trees. Holly comes in male and female trees. Holly grows wild in my area and before I understood why I would be disappointed to see one without berries.
In addition to that, one of my Forestry instructors would tell us that “holy wood will guide you right”. The wood is very fine grained and somewhat oily. Because of this it was once used to make guide pins for saw mills.
Even though Christmas holly is evergreen there is a type of holly tree that is deciduous. It has bright red berries like it’s festive Christmas cousin but the leaves turn bright yellow in the fall and drop in winter.
The berries of all hollies are poison but beautiful to look at making them great landscaping for the drab backdrop of winter.
That’s pretty much it for holly as it relates to the Christmas season. I hope that you have enjoyed this post.
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