The holly and the ivy is also related to an older carol described by sharp as the contest of the ivy and the holly a contest between the traditional emblems of woman and man respectively holly stands in the hall fair to behold ivy stands without the door she is full sore a cold. Directed by george more oferrall with ralph richardson celia johnson margaret leighton denholm elliott a heartwarming tale of an english minister and his family reunited at christmas time their story includes a remembrance of their world war ii trials. In the contest of the holly and the ivy ivy plays a role equally important to that of holly the mention of ivy in the first stanza and the last stanza which merely repeats the first in the holly and the ivy is therefore a hold over a remnant from an earlier era a fragment pointing to music with a very different meaning. Holly ivy and christmas plants holly ivy and other greenery such as mistletoe were originally used in pre christian times to help celebrate the winter solstice festival and ward off evil spirits and to celebrate new growth when christianity came into western europe some people wanted to keep the greenery to give it christian meanings but . The holly and the ivy is thought to have pagan origins and could therefore date back over 1000 years it is most unusual for a carol like the holly and the ivy to have survived over the years especially during the stern protestant period of the 17th century
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