A story passed down over the centuries (its origin unknown) tells us that the holly tree (Holy Tree) originated by springing up here and there beneath the footsteps of Christ as he walked the earth. The sharp points of the plant prophesying of His crown of thorns, the bitter bark representing His death, the red berries His blood, the white flower His resurrection. Ivy needs to cling on to things for support as it grows. It reminds us to cling on to God.
Holly and Ivy have been popular Christmas decorations since at least the fifteenth century.
Ann said this about her choice of carol:
‘I have picked the Holly and the Ivy because our home is called Holly Cottage and it is one of the carols I used to love when we went carol singing around the village many years ago.’