Decking the Halls

Happy Solstice!

At 11:48 PM here in the Garden State, the solstice will take place which marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year. Taking some time to put on a thick pair of gloves and nip some boughs of Holly is a colorful way to brighten the home on this occasion. 

And what purpose did it serve to Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly? According to ‘Ancient Wisdom Tree Lore’, Holly is associated with the death and rebirth of winter in both Pagan and Christian lore.

Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la la.

'Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la.

Fill the mead cup, drain the barrel, Fa la la la la la la la la.

Troul the ancient Christmas carol, Fa la la la la la la la la.

See the flowing bowl before us, Fa la la la la la la la la.

Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa la la la la la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la la la la la.

While I sing of beauty's treasure, Fa la la la la la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la la la la la.

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses! Fa la la la la la la la la.

Laughing, quaffing all together, Fa la la la la la la la la.

Heedless of the wind and weather….

In Arthurian legend, Gawain (representing the Oak King of summer) fought the Green Knight, who was armed with a holly club to represent winter. A bag of leaves and berries carried by a man is said to increase his ability to attract women….sounds suspiciously familiar to Mistletoe!  So what better way to celebrate the passing of the darkest day than to deck your home with a little Holly and celebrate the return of the Sun!