Sunday, 9 January 2011

Holly and winter sunshine

I took this picture on a beautiful snowy walk on Christmas Day.

Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is much loved this time of year for Christmas wreaths and decorations. Apparently before it was taken up as part of the Christian festival, it was associated with a December merrymaking festival called "Roman Saturnalia". (Source: Hatfield's Herbal).
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