Christmas Flower - Ivy


Ivy is an important Christmas Flower .

This flower is symbolic in many ways with the festival of Christmas . It symbolizes three facts, it clings; it thrives in the shade; and it is evergreen. Its clinging has made the ivy a traditional symbol of the, albeit now unpopular, image of the helpless female clinging to her man for protection.(yeah right fela's which one of you believes this one) It also signifies true love, faithfulness, and undying affection - both in marriage and in friendship.

Christian symbolists consider the ivy's need to cling to a support emblematic of frail humanity's need for divine support. Like most of the other Christmas Flower , the ivy symbolizes eternity and resurrection. It has been associated with the Egyptian god, Osiris, and the Greco-Roman god, Attis; both of whom were resurrected from the dead.

At Christmas time, ivy is used only on the outside of the building, which represents mortality, because Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, the giver of everlasting life and destroyer of death. Greenery was also brought indoors to freshen the air and brighten the mood during the long, dreary winter.

Ivy's everyday meaning ~ Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection. For these beautiful meanings ivy is often tucked into brides bouquets year round.

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