Did you know people once used holly trees as Christmas trees? I’ve been re-reading The Foxfire 40th Anniversary Book and noticed many of the interviewees talked about using holly trees for Christmas trees.
Seems like it would be rather prickly-but then again if it had berries-it would already be decorated.
Thinking about the holly trees reminded me of one of Granny’s poems.
I Dream Of Christmas written by Granny Wilson
I dream of Christmases of long ago
Of trampling home thru cold and snow
Of sitting by the hearth with hearts aglow
And looking forward to Christmas
I think of times that used to be
When Mom chopped down the holly tree
And James was proabably not more than three
And we had the grandest Christmas
At Christmas there’s more love and cheer,
Perhaps because our Lord seems near
Because he came in a lowly way
And brought love and hope and Christmas
Lord hear this prayer that’s in my heart
That Christmas love may not depart
That each year hearts both young and old
May have a dream of Christmas
Hope you enjoyed Granny’s poem!
I haven’t ever thought to ask her if that was the only time Granny Gazzie chopped down a holly tree for Christmas-but I will.
Do you remember reading-seeing-or using a holly tree for a Christmas Tree?