In Christmas folklore the prickly leaves of the holly trees came to be associated with Jesus' crown of thorns, while their red berries represented the drops of blood he shed.
We have three holly plants in our yard. My husband planted them from small starts he got from a friend who had many holly trees on his land. Only one is a female. It is full of beautiful red berries. I saw somewhere online that when there was an abundance of red holly berries it indicated a bad winter.
Have you heard of this weather superstition?
Our little holly needed pruning. Quite a few branches were too close to the ground.
Our pruning resulted in this. . .
this. . .
and this. . .
I had so many, I was able to give some to my neighbor, too.
Just be careful of the ones you bring inside. The berries are slightly poisonous to humans.
Do you decorate with holly?