Yesterday was Who Knew Wednesday on the Afternoon Drive! We talked all about holly and mistletoe. (A website crash caused us to have to delay our blog for a day)

Here are some Who Knew? facts about holly:

  • It grows mostly along the west coast of North America, from California to British Columbia
  • It tends to thrive in shade
  • The berries tend to be toxic; so if you have real holly, keep it away from pets and children. Yes, the berries look pretty, but they aren’t for eating! The leaves are also toxic.
  • Christians have identified a wealth of symbolism in its form. The sharpness of the leaves help to recall Jesus’ crown of thorns; the red berries serve as a reminder of the drops of blood that were shed for our salvation; and the shape of the leaves, which resemble flames, can serve to reveal God’s burning love for His people.

For information on mistletoe, head over here.

We also had a Troyer’s Trivia Question about holly: In the Christmas carol, ‘The Holly and the Ivy,’ the holly represents _________ and the ivy represents ________? The answers are Jesus and Mary.

Have a great evening!

-Jess & Joe