I love Advent … and the lead up to singing Christmas carols
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.
This carol is quite synchronistic insofar as it has both pagan and Christian imagery, but for me holly and Christmas trees are symbols we have redeemed from their pagan roots, and which have come to symbolise the time of year we celebrate the birth and incarnation of Jesus.
It’s so special to walk around Cliff College grounds and find huge bushes of holly, including the variagated variety.