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    Heart Holly and Ivy in your wreath

    When decorating your wreath this holiday season remember this:

    Holly - The prickly leaves represent the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. The berries are the drops of blood that were shed by Jesus because of the thorns. In Scandinavia it is known as the Christ Thorn.

    Ivy - Ivy has to cling to something to support itself as it grows. This reminds us that we need to cling to God for support in our lives.

    In pagan times, Holly was thought to be a male plant and Ivy a female plant. An old tradition from the Midlands of England says that whatever one brought into the house first over winter, tells you whether the man or woman of the house would rule that year!! But it was unlucky to bring either into a house before Christmas Eve.

    In Germany, it is traditional that Ivy is only used outside and a piece tied to the outside of a Church was supposed to protect it from lightning!
    Tragedy, sadness, loneliness and despair taught me that life is really a beautiful thing; if it wasn't I wouldn't be able to recognize that anything was wrong - Lynn in Virginia

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    This I did already knew.

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    I knew part of it. Thanks again for the info
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    I knew about the Holly buy didnt know about the Ivy, glad to have learned something new!!!
    Tragedy, sadness, loneliness and despair taught me that life is really a beautiful thing; if it wasn't I wouldn't be able to recognize that anything was wrong - Lynn in Virginia

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    Lynn,
    So nice that you have shared this with everyone here. A forgotten or misplaced lesson for some. And a beautiful reminder for all.
    JoAnn
    "Joy is not in things. It is within us"

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    Thank you JoAnn nicely put!!!
    Tragedy, sadness, loneliness and despair taught me that life is really a beautiful thing; if it wasn't I wouldn't be able to recognize that anything was wrong - Lynn in Virginia

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    I learned this in grade school but had 'misplaced' my memory. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Your welcome Margaret....
    Tragedy, sadness, loneliness and despair taught me that life is really a beautiful thing; if it wasn't I wouldn't be able to recognize that anything was wrong - Lynn in Virginia

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