I especially love this vintage postcard because this sweet Holly Tree Kitty is the spitting image of my good old buddy Sir Brat T. Bone. He lived with us for nearly 17 years before he flew away to Cat Heaven. I still miss him.
Though there are many ancient traditions concerning holly trees, early in the first century holly leaves came to symbolize the crown of thorns pressed into the Lord's brow, as He suffered at the hands of Roman soldiers. The red berries were said to symbolize His blood.
In Britain, during the time of Oliver Cromwell, Christmas was actually banned by the Puritans! But Christmas-loving country folk thwarted this ban by tying up rough bunches of holly boughs with evergreens during the holiday, as a symbol of Christmas. An ancient "Neener, neener," I think! Tch tch tch, those naughty country Folk! This became a tradition which has become the holly bough we know today.
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