Yes it's that time again, to deck the house with holly and ivy but apparently not
before Christmas Eve as it unlucky to bring into the house before.
Holly is the most popular, the berries symbolizing Christs blood and it's prickles
his crown of thorns. I t was also used in pagan times as protection against
witchcraft and against lightening.
Ivy is useful to have in the house at Christmas as drinking wine with a handful
of bruised leaves in it is a cure for a hangover!
Mistletoe is another plant that must not be brought in before Christmas Eve,
most powerful against evil it is also a aphrodisiac and a plant of fertility!
hence the kissing under the mistletoe.
After each kiss a berry is picked off and when all the berries have gone the kissing stops!