Holly & Ivyholly leaves symbolise the crown of thorns of Christ and his drops of Blood are signified by the reddest of the berries.  Ivy symbolises endurance, promise, hope and vitality. Ivy is incredibly resourceful - weaving its way in every nook and cranny.  The combination of Holly and Ivy at this time of year is symbolic of harmony.  Tradition holds this greenery must be removed from homes before 12th night.

The Advent Wreath:  the wreath is made of a circle of evergreen branches laid flat to symbolise eternal life.  Four candles, traditionally red, stand in a circle and each one represents one of the four Sundays in Advent.  In the centre of the circle is a fifth candle, traditionally white, the Christ Candle, which is lit on Christmas Day.  The Candles symbolise the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His Son, Jesus. 

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