Christmas isn’t all Holly and Ivy….


Victorian Christmas Cards, just as today, featured Holly and of course Ivy. In fact Ivy perhaps appeared more frequently.  But Oak leaves also featured very strongly. I guess it was the knowledge that The Oak Tree was much revered by our ancestors, in particular the Druids. The Oak along with Mistletoe, which frequently grew on the Oak, had mystical and religious significance for them around the time of the Solstice, so I guess it is no surprise that it was a symbol adopted for Christmas Cards

The card above is from my small collection of Greeting Cards.  This one was published by Raphael Tuck and dates circa 1890.

The sentiment of the verse still appropriate today

24th December

(C) David Oakes 2019

Not sure what went wrong….. I wrote this page on the 22nd and scheduled it for the 24th.  Whilst it didn’t come up on my page till today, I hear that several followers have seen the post for a couple of days.  

So not sure what went wrong and apologies if you have this post twice. 🙂 

15 thoughts on “Christmas isn’t all Holly and Ivy….

  1. Interesting which foliage is considered Christmas season material – depends on the Country, I suppose. Here in Western Canada, ivy and oak are not really common native plants. Spruce and pine – those are some of the plants we think of during the holiday season.


    • and I guess that gives the spice to the variety of life. Spruce and Pine are also popular here since the Christmas tree became a symbol of Christmas, but in those early days of Greetings Cards, the Tree was still a luxury so the more familiar foliage was to the fore. 🙂


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