Traditionally holly has been linked with December and Christmas and is also the birth flower for December. However, the holly plant can actually be seen throughout the year since it is an evergreen shrub.
History of Holly
Holly has been thought of as the Christmas plant that adorns so many houses during the Christmas season but there is far more history attached to this deep green, spiky plant with its radiant, red berries. In Ancient history Romans started the tradition of decorating with Holly during the observance of the festival of Saturnalia. This festival was originally held on the 17th of December and later progressed to festivities that went up until the 23rd of December. It is believed that the Romans used Holly to decorate their homes for this festival and has become a tradition that has been taken on by the modern world as well.
Significance, Meaning And Symbolism
As one of the Christian holidays, Christmas and the use of holly for decoration took on a meaning all of its own. The red berries represented the blood of Christ while the spiky leaves symbolized the crown of thorns that He wore during the crucifixion. To the ancient Celts, the sight of evergreens such as holly was a symbol of hope and rebirth. They also believed that woodland spirits would have a safe haven during the winter months when the holly was brought inside. Plants like this one were also said to bring good luck and protection while warding off misfortune at the same time.
The Forgotten One
The holly sometimes overpowers the fact that there is indeed another birth flower for the month of December. The other birth flower for December is the Narcissus or the daffodil as it is commonly known today. This beautiful golden flower with its tubular head and golden petals set off against its deep green leaves and stems make for a very pretty picture. As a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings this beautiful flower is refreshing on any table and is said to bring good luck to your home. A bunch of these daffodils will bring cheer to the recipient of these bulbous plants will caution needs to be taken when giving a single bloom as this is symbolic that misfortune is on the horizon.
These two plants are both vivid in their color and will bring delight wherever they are placed in your home. The gorgeous green and red of the holiday and the sunshine yellow of the daffodil brings warmth and cheer at this festive time of year..