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DECEMBER 23 INSPIRATIONAL ADVENT CALENDAR IVY

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An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of ADVENT in anticipation of CHRISTMAS.

Advent meaning ‘the coming’, is a month full of expectation,

anticipation and preparation for Yule / winter solstice and Christmas

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DECEMBER 23  INSPIRATIONAL ADVENT CALENDAR  IVY

Holly, Ivy and other greenery such as Mistletoe were originally used in pre-Christian times to help celebrate the Winter Solstice Festival and ward off evil spirits and celebrate new growth.

The colours of the Holly and Ivy, green and red are traditionally associated with Christmas.

Celtic meaning of ivy deals with:

  • Growth

  • Renewal

  • Connection

  • Friendship

  • Opportunity

Evergreens have been used to decorate homes since Pagan times, when they were believed to be a symbol of eternal life. Evergreens were considered magical due to their ability to retain signs of life during winter, and producing berries like holly.
Evergreen plants, like ivy and holly, were brought into the home during the Winter Solstice – a celebration of light and rebirth. Ivy was the symbol of Bacchus – god of wine and merriment.

Ivy also represents fidelity, wedded love and friendship. Also, a sprig of ivy of white tendrils means that one is anxious to please, and symbolizes affection.
The holly was traditionally thought to be masculine (prickly and tough) and the ivy feminine (clingy and heart-shaped), bringing balance and harmony, a yin and yang, to the home – also promising fertility to the household.

It is also a symbol of vibrancy as the druids admired its bright green hue. Often, sprigs of ivy would be woven into chain necklaces or head adornments to represent clarity of thought as well as celebrate the vitality of nature surrounding them.

The ivy gets its symbolism of connections and friendships because of its propensity to interweave in growth. Ever furrowing and intertwining, the ivy is an example of the twists and turns our friendships take – but also a testimony to the long-lasting connections and bonds we form with our friends that last over the years.

Another tribute to friendship as well as the test of time is the ivy’s ability to grow in challenging environments. The ivy is incredibly durable and can withstand harsh conditions. This is symbolic of our ability to stick by our friends no matter what.

The ivy is also a symbol of survival and determination for the same reasons. It seems to be virtually indestructible and will often return after it has suffered damage or has been severely cut back. This is an example of the human spirit and the strength we all have to carry on regardless of how harrowing our setbacks may have been.

Ivy grows in the shape of a spiral. This has long been considered a sacred symbol for:

  • Consciousness

  • Development

  • Expansion

  • Rebirth

Lasly, most ivy has five-pointed leaves which makes it a symbol of protection as it signifies the harmony of the elements unified by common bonding energy.

Quotes about IVY

False friendship, like the ivy, decays and ruins the walls it embraces; but true friendship gives new life and animation to the object it supports. ~ Richard Burton

When the ivy has found its tower, when the delicate creeper has found its strong wall, we know how the parasite plants grow and prosper. ~ Anthony Trollope

“Here’s to holly and ivy hanging up, And to something wet in every cup” ~ anonymous toast quote

True Friends like ivy and the wall, both stand together, and together fall.

The Christmas Holly

The holly! the holly!  oh, twine it with hay –
Come give the holly a song;
For it helps to drive the stern winter away,
With his garment so sombre and long.

It peeps through the trees with its berries of red,
And its leaves of burnished green,
When the flowers and fruits have long been dead,
And not even the daisy is seen.
Then sing to the holly; the Christmas holly,
That hangs over peasant and king;
While we laugh and carouse ‘neath its glittering boughs,
To the Christmas holly we’ll sing.

The gale may whistle, the frost may come
To fetter the gurgling rill;
The woods may be bare, and warblers dumb,
But holly is beautiful still.
In the revel and light of princely halls
The bright holly branch is found;
And its shadow falls on the lowliest walls,
While the brimming horn goes round.

The ivy lives long, but its home must be
Where graves and ruins are spread;
There’s beauty about the cypress tree,
But it flourishes near the dead;
The laurel the warrior’s brow may wreathe,
But it tells of tears and blood;
I sing the holly, and who can breathe
Aught of that that is not good?
Then sing to the holly, the Christmas holly,
That hangs over peasant and king;
While we laugh and carouse ‘neath its glittering boughs,
To the Christmas holly we’ll sing.

Eliza Cook ( 1818-1889 )


The Holly and the Ivy Lyrics

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
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The Holly bears a blossom 

As white as lily flower

And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To be our sweet Saviour
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a berry
As red as any blood
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
To do poor sinners good
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a prickle
As sharp as any thorn;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas Day in the morn.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly bears a bark
As bitter as any gall;
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

The holly and the ivy
Now both are full well grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.
O the rising of the sun
And the running of the deer
The playing of the merry organ
Sweet singing of the choir

Charles Dickens

Oh, a dainty plant is the Ivy green,
That creepeth o’er ruins old!
Of right choice food are his meals, I ween,
In his cell so lone and cold.
The wall must be crumbled, the stone decayed,
To pleasure his dainty whim:
And the mouldering dust that years have made
Is a merry meal for him.
Creeping where no life is seen,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.

Fast he stealeth on, though he wears no wings,
And a staunch old heart has he.
How closely he twineth, how tight he clings
To his friend the huge Oak Tree!
And slyly he traileth along the ground,
And his leaves he gently waves,
As he joyously hugs and crawleth round
The rich mould of dead men’s graves.
Creeping where grim death hath been,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.

Whole ages have fled and their works decayed,
And nations have scattered been;
But the stout old Ivy shall never fade,
From its hale and hearty green.
The brave old plant, in its lonely days,
Shall fatten upon the past:
For the stateliest building man can raise
Is the Ivy’s food at last.
Creeping on where time has been,
A rare old plant is the Ivy green.

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Inspirational Quote Christmas Advent Calendar ~ December 19 ~ Teaching

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Inspirational Quote Christmas Advent Calendar ~ December 19 ~ Teaching

There are 24 posters, one for each day leading up to Christmas.

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of ADVENT in anticipation of CHRISTMAS.

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Inspirational Quote Christmas Advent Calendar ~ December 19 ~ Teaching

 

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Inspirational Quote Christmas Advent Calendar December 18 INVISIBLE WORLD

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Inspirational Quote Christmas Advent Calendar  December 18  INVISIBLE WORLD

There are 24 posters, one for each day leading up to Christmas.

 

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of ADVENT in anticipation of CHRISTMAS.


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Inspirational Quote Christmas Advent Calendar December 16 Best Presents

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Inspirational Quote Christmas Advent Calendar  December 16  Best Presents

There are 24 posters, one for each day leading up to Christmas.

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of ADVENT in anticipation of CHRISTMAS.

All posters are my creations ~ please feel free to copy and share.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Advent Calendar posters beautiful

 

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Inspirational Quote Christmas Advent Calendar December 15 Missing Home

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Inspirational Quote Christmas Advent Calendar  December 15 Missing Home

There are 24 posters, one for each day leading up to Christmas.

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of ADVENT in anticipation of CHRISTMAS.

All posters are my creations ~ please feel free to copy and share.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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DECEMBER 14 INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTMAS QUOTE Wreaths and Smiles

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DECEMBER 14  INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTMAS QUOTE  Wreaths and SmilesThere are 24 posters, one for each day leading up to Christmas.

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of ADVENT in anticipation of CHRISTMAS.

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Christmas inspirational advent calendar

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Inspirational Christmas Quote DECEMBER 12

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An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of ADVENT in anticipation of CHRISTMAS.

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DECEMBER 11 INSPIRATIONAL ADVENT CALENDAR ~ Tracks in the Snow

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There are 24 posters, one for each day leading up to Christmas.

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of ADVENT in anticipation of CHRISTMAS. 

All posters are my creations ~ please feel free to copy and share.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

DECEMBER 11  INSPIRATIONAL ADVENT CALENDAR ~ Tracks in the SnowDecember 11 inspirational advent calendar

 

 

Snow Quotes and Poems

Early winter is probably the best time to look for animal tracks in snow. It’s a great way to rediscover the wonder of winter.

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? ~ J. B. Priestley

 

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farmhouse at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed In a tumultuous privacy of storm.

 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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DECEMBER 9 BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR ~ SNOW

beautiful picture quote snow

DECEMBER 9 BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR ~ SNOW

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DECEMBER 2 INSPIRATIONAL ADVENT CALENDAR Christmas Flowers

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There are 24 posters, one for each day leading up to Christmas.

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of ADVENT in anticipation of CHRISTMAS. 

All posters are my creations ~ please feel free to copy and share.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

 DECEMBER 2 INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTMAS ADVENT POSTERS

 

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