Sunday, 18 December 2016

Holly Folklore At Christmas

  In my living room I have a wall I call my portrait wall. Here I display my old framed photographs and some paintings of people. I have so many I rotate them every few months so we have a change. I can't stop buying these as they are usually so cheap and I feel so sorry for these forgotten people. I always wish I could reunite these photos with family members but it has never happened yet. I decorate them at Christmas and for years used sprigs of holly but for the last few years haven't brought any in. I love reading about folklore and am always quoting the reasons for different old traditions. I was looking up the reasons for bringing sprigs of holly into the house at Christmas and it said it will bring you good luck for the next year. This is what has been wrong I thought I must bring some holly in. I'm really not that superstitious but no harm in trying.


I hung over next doors fence and chose some nice sprigs from their holly bush. I hope for nothing but good luck now. It also said in the item I read there are two types of holly male, the prickly type and female. the smooth type and which you bring in determines who will rule the house in the next year the man or the women. I had brought in the male type and when I told Tom this snippet of information he replied "Fat chance of that!"

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  1. I will be sending Andy out to find holly in the morning then. I never knew it was for good luck.
    Hope yours brings you lots of luck in 2017-x-

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    1. No nor did I Sheila but it's strange when you look into things there is folklore in everything we do really. Jane xx

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  2. It is sad when you see old photos or pictures in charity shops, carboots and auctions etc, I never knew about holly either thanks for sharing, I too will be on the lookout for some.x

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    1. I know I love old photos and my main income is selling them so I have an excuse to go rummaging all the time. Jane xx

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  3. I love how these "forgotten people" get to spend time with your family Jane♥ My sister has a holly brush in the UK so I must find out if she knows the folklore behind it:) Linda xx

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments Linda. We are all as soft hearted as each other in our family, hopeless! Sammy is not really progressing at all but she is still very bright so hopefully will improve a bit soon. Jane xx

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  4. It's lovely to have such a wonderful family in the World today:) Hope Sammy improves very soon♥ Linda xx PS My sister had a talk a few weeks ago at the gardening club on Holly and Ivy and already has Holly in the house:)

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  5. I'm sure the little sprites find hiding places amongst our festive greenery. Hopefully they will be the helpful sort and not the mischievous type! x

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