The Holly and the Ivy
“The Holly and the Ivy” is an English traditional Christmas carol. “Holly and ivy have been the mainstay of Christmas decoration for church use since at least the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when they are mentioned regularly in churchwardens’ accounts” (Roud 2004). Holly and ivy also figure in the lyrics of the “Sans Day Carol”. The music and most of the text was first published by Cecil Sharp. Sir Henry Walford Davies wrote a popular choral arrangement that is often performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and by choirs around the world.
I, once again, had never heard of this song until I started research. It’s okay though a pretty neat song
The holly and the ivy, when they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.
Oh, the rising of the sun and the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ, sweet singing in the choir.
The holly bears a blossom as white as lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to be our sweet saviour
The holly bears a berry as red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ to do poor sinners good.
The holly bears a prickle as sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ on Christmas Day in the morn.
The holly bears a bark as bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ for to redeem us all.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Ahh a great song. There are twelve days till Christmas. It is about the twelve days after Christmas but I’m not going to write it on January 6th. The great thing about this song is that you can insert whatever lyrics you wan so you can make variants for yourself. No one really knows where it came from so history is mostly speculation.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
9 Ladies Dancing
5 Golden Rings (gold rings)
4 Colly Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.