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The Tuesday tree: Holly, of course

December 28, 2010

‘The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,

Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.’

(The Holly and the Ivy, English traditional carol)

‘Now the holly bears a berry as blood it is red,

Then trust we our Saviour who rose from the dead:

And Mary bore Jesus Christ our Saviour for to be,

And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly, holly, holly!

And the first tree in the greenwood, it was the holly.’

(Sans Day Carol, a traditional Cornish carol)


10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2010 6:21 pm

    I have just caught up with your most recent posts and wanted to wish you, albeit belatedly, the very happiest of Christmases. May 2011 see you restored to full health and be a year full of good things.

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      December 28, 2010 10:56 pm

      Thank you – and I sincerely wish the same for you.

  2. December 28, 2010 7:41 pm

    I like how the holly leaves stay so shiny throughout the winter.

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      December 28, 2010 10:57 pm

      Shiny and bright – for something so prickly, it’s really very cheerful, isn’t it?

  3. December 29, 2010 4:13 pm

    I love that holly keeps it’s leaves through winter and bears it’s berries to bring some colour to a sometimes drab winter! Lovely photos again by the way….

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      December 29, 2010 7:03 pm

      This variegated holly is a particular favourite of mine. The birds have been kind enough to leave plenty of berries for us this year, so we have indeed been decking the halls with boughs of holly, and very festive it looks too!

  4. December 29, 2010 5:11 pm

    As always, Beastie, your pictures are the very best! We’ve just come out of a cold snap with strong gales from the northwest – no pipes froze! Yeah!!!
    The very happiest, healthiest and productive New Year to you! Have you a first footer arranged for?

  5. dancingbeastie permalink
    December 29, 2010 7:06 pm

    Thank you, Janet! 🙂 Glad your pipes survived. We are in a thaw now and seem to be OK too, touch wood… Might be doing some first footing ourselves this year – we’ll see.

  6. December 30, 2010 2:02 am

    Gorgeous pictures & the words from two of my favourite carols. Hope you had a merry Christmas & a happy new year ahead.

  7. December 30, 2010 3:50 pm

    You live in the most idyllic, Christmasy place imaginable! Our snow came after Christmas, but even buried by white, Philadelphia doesn’t have an inch of charm over the Castle.

    I hope you had a very jolly Christmas and will have a splendid New Year!

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