Who doesn’t love the bright green and red of a holly branch? What a wonderful addition to holiday decorating. But what does it mean and how does it relate back to Christmas?
Legend of the Holly. The bright red and green of holly make it a natural symbol of rebirth. There are several legends regarding holly. According to one of these legends, holly branches were woven into Christ’s crown of thorns. Therefore, the once white berries were stained red by the blood of Christ. Holly has also come to stand for peace and joy.
(source: http://historictrinity.org/christmastraditions.html )