In Cornwall holly is called Aunt Mary’s tree, in Suffolk the Christmas tree and in Yorkshire Christ’s Throne .The Holly is a plant associated with magic powers and it’s red berries were considered to be particularly potent since the colour gave protect against evil. Birds can eat the berries but humans can be made very ill a fact that should be told to children.

The old name for holly was holm the appearance of holm in a place-name tells you were it once grew.

The holly is a holy tree and it is thought that the Romans sent gifts to friends decorated with a sprig of holly to celebrate the festival of Saturnalia. This festival was held the week before our Christmas  so was absorbed into our celebrations.

have a very happy Christmas