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. O the rising of the sun, And the running of the deer, The playing of the merry organ, Sweet singing of the choir.
Portmeirion, Made in England
To me, this is such a delightfully pagan song of the Yule! Much has been written about the symbolism of this song, but for me the enchanting beauty of this verse is the magical lure outside to nature where the holly trees and ivy grow ... in the bitter bite of winter. I do love that both holly and ivy are plants that thrive "evergreen" at Christmastime. Both are such an intrinsic part of the English countryside and they harken to old-fashioned Christmas traditions ... we are lucky enough to have them growing here in the grove!
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