The Holly and the Ivy                       (and other Christmas plants!)                          Holly            Ivy   ...
The Holly and the Ivy                        (and other Christmas plants!)                      Holly, Ivy and other Chris...
The Holly and the Ivy                       (and other Christmas plants!)               Holly                             ...
The Holly and the Ivy                       (and other Christmas plants!)                Ivy                              ...
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The Holly and the Ivy                        (and other Christmas plants!)               Laurel                           ...
The Holly and the Ivy                        (and other Christmas plants!)             Rosemary                          R...
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Christmas Traditions: The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!)

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Find out why we have Christmas plants at such as Holly, Ivy, Mistletoe, Laurel and Rosemary. Learn more about these and lots of other Christmas Traditions and Customs at: http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/

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Christmas Traditions: The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!)

  1. 1. The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!) Holly Ivy Mistletoe Laurel Rosemarywww.whychristmas.com
  2. 2. The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!) Holly, Ivy and other Christmas Plants used in pre-Christian times to help celebrate the Winter Solstice Festival and celebrate new growth. Holly Ivy Mistletoe Laurel Rosemarywww.whychristmas.com
  3. 3. The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!) Holly The prickly leaves of Holly represent the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. Holly berries represent the drops of blood that were shed by Jesus because of the thorns. In parts of Scandinavia it is known as the Christ Thorn.www.whychristmas.com
  4. 4. The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!) Ivy Ivy has to cling to something to support itself as it grows. This reminds us that we need to cling to God for support in our lives. In Germany, traditionally Ivy is only used outside. A piece of Ivy tied to the outside of a Church was supposed to protect it from lightning!www.whychristmas.com
  5. 5. The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!) Mistletoe Mistletoe grows on willow & apple trees. Is it meant to bring good luck to a house. Tradition says when you kiss under mistletoe, you to have to pick a berry. No berries = no more kissing! A literal translation of Mistletoe is poo on a stick!!! Not very romantic!www.whychristmas.com
  6. 6. The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!) Laurel Laurel has been worn as a wreath on the head to symbolise success and victory for thousands of years. It was used at the original Olympic Games to crown the victors It symbolises the victory of God over the Devil.www.whychristmas.com
  7. 7. The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!) Rosemary Rosemary is named after Jesuss mother. It was thought to be Marys favourite plant. It was the garnish put on the boars head that rich people ate for their Christmas meal in the Middle ages. It is known as the remembrance herb and is used to remember the birth of Jesus.www.whychristmas.com
  8. 8. The Holly and the Ivy (and other Christmas plants!) Find out more about Christmas at: www.whychristmas.com Holly Ivy Mistletoe Laurel Rosemarywww.whychristmas.com

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