Second, despite the fact that we cut holly and bring it inside our homes, there is a strongly ingrained superstition about chopping down holly trees. This act always attracts witches and evil spirits, and awful things always happen to those who wield the axe or chainsaw. People should know that holly is safe to harvest if you follow some simple rules. Only cut mature specimens with large, spreading branches. It is important not to injure or kill the tree. If you see any sign of insects on the holly tree, such as bark that has been chewed away, then cover the trunk at ground level with something substantial such as an old carpet or sheet. Otherwise, the ants will only feed more energy into the tree, growing thicker and stronger.
In some countries, people believe that if they hang holly items in their home, this will bring them good fortune. We can't say whether this is true or not because there are no studies available on this topic, but we do know that wearing holly clothes or jewelry does help to attract positive energies.
Finally, don't forget to leave a window open for your holly tree so that it doesn't die.
Holly is famous for its power to ward off bad spirits and witches... Cutting down a holly tree became bad luck (a feeling that survives to this day), and in other locations, holly bushes were permitted to grow up through hedges to hinder the movement of witches, who reportedly prefer to gallop along hedge-tops.
In England, Scotland and Ireland, it is taboo to cut down a holly tree because if you do so, bad luck will follow you forever after life's next battle or misfortune. However, in some countries, such as Germany, Brazil and Chile, it is legal to cut down a holly tree because, according to myth, the gods required its wood for their sacred fires.
In Europe, especially among the Germanic people, it is common practice to make an effigy of holly and burn it during the Christmas season. The burning of the doll represents the destruction of evil by fire and is believed to be an effective way to prevent harm to one's self or property.
In America, when someone dies we say they "went home" to heaven or hell. If they had family in Italy, they are buried in an Italian cemetery under an olive tree. This is because oil was used to anoint the dead body in ancient Rome and olive trees are found in abundance there. Also, Italians live near their work so these men went home to a garden.
Bringing holly into the house before Christmas Eve was always regarded extremely unfortunate, and leaving it in the house after Christmas Eve was much more so (1st February). Another version from northern Dartmoor indicates that the holly must be removed on December 28th, with any berries left to be fed to the birds. It is believed that if you remove the holly too late, then next year it will come back again.
The origin of this superstition is not known for certain, but it is probably linked to the fact that holly bears small red berries which resemble beads, and its seeds are also red. Brought into the house during their season, holly leaves and berries were used to furnish tables, chairs and beds. Today, people still avoid bringing holly into the house because they think it brings bad luck!
In addition, eating holly berries is considered dangerous because they contain a toxin called aconitine. Aconite looks like candy when dried, and it's used in medicine and cosmetics today. But even though there is no risk of harm if you eat the berries, many people choose not to do so out of respect for the bad luck associated with the plant.
Finally, it is said that if you leave holly outside of your house over the winter, it will protect your home against intruders.
The berries are thought to symbolise Christ's shed blood, and the prickly leaves his crown of thorns in Christian tradition. 6. Bringing holly into the house before Christmas Eve is considered unlucky. It is believed that if you do this, your family will have trouble finding a job or landing a new partner.
In the 16th century, the English imported the European species Hedwigia to grow as an ornamental plant. This too has spiky leaves and white or red berries that resemble those of the holly tree.
Hedwigias are now grown for their attractive flowers in colors such as pink, purple, and white.
There are several varieties of holly trees including: American, Japanese, and Spanish. All have spiky green foliage and white or red berries similar to those of the native holly. However, not all spiny plants are holly trees; they must have spines on the leaf tips. There are also several types of heddiea with spiky leaves.
It is common practice to decorate homes with evergreens during the holiday season. Decorating your home with holly adds warmth to your residence during the winter months. While some people find this idea charming, others believe it brings bad luck to their family.
The Druids revered holly as a sign of fertility and endless life, and it was supposed to possess magical properties. Christians have accepted the holly tree as a Christmas emblem today. The spiky leaves are thought to depict Christ's crown of thorns, while the berries signify his blood.
Holly also symbolizes immortality because the wood is resistant to insects and aging. Modern scientists have also discovered that the chemical compound found in holly trees is similar to estrogen, which means they may be able to create drugs from holly plants to help women who have gone through menopause.
In addition, ancient Romans used holly branches as weapons during war games because they were believed to have protective powers.
So, spirituality says that holly represents an immortal plant with special powers. Science now tells us that too. But remember, both science and spirituality are paths to God. You can't rule out anything based on what it represents physically or spiritually. If you're still unsure after reading these examples, then look at other trees. They may give you more information about what this tree means to you.