December Flower of the Month - Holly
Victorian meanings for Holly including foresight, defense, domestic happiness, and enchantment.
I chose Domestic Happiness because family is so important to me, especially during this season of Christ's birth. I can surely understand why defense would be one of the meanings after photographing this variety with such sharp points on the leaves. We found huge trees loaded with berries on our walk through the Missouri Botanical Gardens a few weeks ago.
"The Romans decorated their hallways with holly garlands for their mid-winter celebration, Saturnalia. Medieval monks called the holly the Holy Tree and believed holly would keep away evil spirits and protects their homes from lightening. The pointed leaves represented the crown of thorns worn by Jesus, and the red berries symbolized drops of his blood." source - http://www.livingartsoriginals.com
We tried to get a good picture in front of one of the Holly trees. The sunshine was perfect for capturing the holly but not so flattering to us. Hope you can see OUR domestic happiness shining through the picture though. Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas and New Year!
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:9-12