When you decorate with holly, Remember: It is bad luck to bring holly inside the house before Christmas Eve! Only decorate outside - doorway, stairs, windows or porches. I'm not sure the reason for this superstition, however, it is very practical. Cut Holly shrinks up and dries pretty quickly if brought to the warmth inside. Outside, it stays alive and fresh for the whole Christmas season. Also, since the berries are poisonous, perhaps, in the days when households were full of many little children, it was easier to monitor if the holly was only in the house for a short duration!
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