…and the Ivy

In the Christmas carol The Holly and The Ivy the characteristics of the holly reference our Savior Jesus Christ. The ivy is barely mentioned at all!

I’ve given this a bit of thought and wonder if there is a lesson here. For the most part, the carol refers to the holly. Only the smallest snippet is given to the ivy.

I’ve read all about the pagan rituals and the symbolism of holly and ivy and the contest between men and women. But I’ve got another take on this carol and its inclusion of the ivy. Maybe, this song lends itself to offer a deeper message.

 What if we are the ivy?

Ivy requires support if it is to climb higher.  It is often found clinging to walls or trees. It can’t reach any height on its own. Ivy has three “points” to its leaf. Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

Ivy is hardy. It’s tough to kill and its roots dig deep. We must be “hardy” to survive the perils of this life and still thrive. We have to have roots that can “dig in” to sustain us.

Ivy prefers growing in the shadow of larger trees that can protect it from the heat. I know I desire our Savior’s protection. God has saved me from many “hot” situations in the past. I certainly trust Him to save me through eternity.

The references to the holly in the song’s lyrics overshadow the ivy. Shouldn’t we allow our Lord and Savior to overshadow us? Rule over us? Should we not depend on Him (and not ourselves) if we are to ever reach the heights God intends for each and every one of us?

I may be reading far more into this carol than the author intended.

Or, God may be using my love of Christmas and all things green to once again reveal His truth to me. Jesus must be the most prevalent influence in my life. I must allow my will to be diminished and submitted to Him if I am ever to meet the heights He desires for me. I must cling to Him for support.

And live in His shadow.

The Holly B is for Blessed Featured 12-2015  One of my favorite carols is not about the ivy. It’s all about the holly!

Life is not about me. It’s all about Him.

Take this Christmas Season to enjoy your friends and family, eat great food, meet, greet and be merry.

Yet… it is all about Him!

 Merry Christmas!

6 Comments

  1. Hi Lilka, Merry day after Christmas. I am not familiar with this carol. I looked up the words on Wikipedia, and I like them. I will have to try and find the song and listen to it. I like your take on the Holly and the Ivy. Makes a lot of sense. I need to keep up with your posts more often. I am still struggling with the decision wheter to continue blogging or not. I am not as motivated as I was. I have enjoyed my blogging experience and I miss checking my blogs that I follow. Take care and have a safe and happy New Year.

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    1. Merry Christmas!! I understand about blogging. I have my many lulls when life just gets in the way of blogging so I have never had a “regular” schedule. I consider it a writing exercise to keep my mind going plus I tend to learn something new whenever I am researching scripture for a post. Take care and have a Wonderful New Year! 🙂

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      1. I think that is what I am basically going to have to do with my blogging, make it a writing exercise. I have never been real consistent, but I tried to keep up more than I have been lately. Thanks for the idea. 🙂

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