The version of the Holly and the Ivy
that we are familiar with today was first
published by Cecil Sharp. The Holly and the Ivy
is thought to have Pagan origins and could therefore
date back over 1000 years. It is most unusual for
a carol like the Holly and the Ivy to have survived over
the years especially during the stern protestant
period of the 17th century. The Holly and the Ivy
have always been taken indoors during the winter
the hope being that the occupants would survive difficult
conditions just like the hardy Holly and the Ivy.
The colours of the Holly and Ivy, green and red
are traditionally associated with Christmas.
The author and composer of the Holly and the Ivy are unknown.
The holly and the ivy,