December 21, 2015

Holiday Greenery

Have your halls been decked with boughs of holly? Wonder why the halls are decked as such? Greenery was brought into the house during the holidays as it symbolized new growth and hope in the cold, dreary winter.

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Wintergreens and cedar were used to decorate homes. In 1853 holly was available to rich families living in Toronto; c. 1872 was the first report of the use of ivy in decorating.

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