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May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The holly berries are ripening

Our Holly is well on the way to producing lovely red berries I can use for decorations over the Christmas period. Every time I look at the holly, I am reminded of the English traditional Christmas carol, we used to sing in school, many, many years ago.
From Wikipedia: "Holly and ivy have been the mainstay of Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries,


Lyrics:
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.
Refrain:
Oh, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.
The holly bears a blossom as white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet saviour
Refrain
The holly bears a berry as red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good.
Refrain
The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas Day in the morn.
Refrain
The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all.

Did any of you also sing this carol at Christmas?

BTW, we don't have any small children or animals around who may eat the holly berries. (just in case any of you are concerned)

5 comments:

Bonnie said...

That's a new one to me! I make fresh evergreen wreaths at Christmas and I use holly in some of them, but I pull the berries off because I'm afraid children might eat them.

Tufa Girl said...

You have alot of berries there. I am glad to hear that children still eat things other than what comes out of a box from the fast food window.

Mostly we just need to teach the little ones that just because it looks like a berry it may not be edible.

Randy Emmitt said...

Lovely photo, are you making holly wreaths for Christmas?

Saw lots of ripe hollies at Duke Gardens and enjoyed the aroma of hollies just now blooming that was new for me.

meemsnyc said...

Nice holly! We had a small holly plant that we planted outside and it died because of the really hot summer we had. I'm so sad about it.

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