This popular Christmas decoration originated in Rome, where it was customary to send holly to friends during the festival of Saturnalia. Early Christians liked the custom so they kept it going. There is also some evidence that Druids used holly as a winter decoration.
According to Pliny the Elder, if holly is planted near the house or farm, it repelled poison, and defended from lightning and witchcraft, that the flowers cause water to freeze, and that the wood, if thrown at any animal, even without touching it, had the property of compelling the animal to return and lie down by it.
I love what some of the herbalists/botanists of old attributed to some of these herbs.
Heard of any fun ones? Christmas related or not….let us know.