(It’s probably worth noting here that the first artificial-brush Christmas tree was produced using the same machinery that was originally designed to produce toilet brushes.).

linked to rebirth both of spring and of Christ, planted next to saplings of valuable tree species, being burnt together at the pagan festival of Beltane, also associated with death and melancholy, Botanical Society of the Britain and Ireland (BSBI), possible range expansion in the east of England, discovered to contain anti-tumour compounds. The Vikings’ next step out into the Atlantic – the discovery and settlement of Iceland – is one of the best documented events of the Viking Age.

all makes sense in a Pagan context too: we’re brightening up the darkness as we Three other plants are intimately associated with Christmas: holly, ivy and mistletoe – and in all cases their ecology is closely linked to their cultural uses.

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Mistletoe grows in the canopy of trees, with no roots or link to the earth and it remains green in winter when the rest of the tree has died, With such unearthly vitality has easy to understand why mistletoe has been associated with magical properties.

There is a need for more survey work and you can take part by submitting your records of mistletoe here.

Why are so few people born on Christmas Day?

It is assumed to be "common knowledge".

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Apple is the most common host species, but it is also found on limes, hawthorn and poplar. I didn’t anticipate that one year would go by so quickly! In the last decade or so, controversies and wild speculations have swirled online around Grand Canyon National Park and a newspaper article published by the Arizona Gazette on April, 5th 1909.

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But such a link does not explain why holly is linked to Christmas rather than Easter.

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When Christians began to celebrate the birth of Jesus, they risked being persecuted for their new religion, and to avoid detection, they would place holly wreaths in their houses.

It’s a magical time of year.

The most obvious is the Christmas tree, linked historically in England to Prince Albert – but its use in British homes goes back to at least 1761 when Charlotte wife of George III put up a tree at the royal court. I have studied plant parasites like mistletoe for almost ten years, and I’m here to tell you that the answer is absolutely... Our fascination with ghostly tales around Christmas time goes back thousands of years and is rooted in ancient celebrations of the winter solstice. The spiny dense canopy of holly also meant that it was useful as protection. Without further ado, here’s the Wheel of the Year expressed in pie. In order to preserve confidentiality I can’t discuss the other panelists’ talks or the conversations we had with attendees, but I’m happy to share my own answers to the guiding questions, which I’ve edited a little to suit the blog format. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained. Mistletoe is most often associated with love, romance, courtship and the snog at the Christmas party.

Most people associate mistletoe with orchards, but can grow on a wider range of tree species provided they have a fairly soft bark. Three other plants are intimately associated with Christmas: holly, ivy and mistletoe – and in all cases their ecology is closely linked to their cultural uses. This means that trees live throughout many more winters than humans. It was a time of abundance at the grocery store again, too, which was a relief after a couple months of shortages and making do. The Celts believed that mistletoe was an all-healing plant – and it has now been discovered to contain anti-tumour compounds.

The berries when squashed secrete a white sticky liquid. More recent surveys indicate possible range expansion in the east of England.

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