The Druids used it to chase away evil spirits; Pliny the Elder, in the first century BC, advised to plant it near the front door, to protect it from the perfidy of the wicked. In many northern countries, in the Middle Ages, this plant was thought to have power
superior to that of attackers and the ability to protect from the weather on long dark nights in winter. Holly has retained the meaning of eternity and aggressiveness, given its pungent leaves. It is used to decorate the house during the Christmas period, it is often part of "trouble-chasers". There is also a particular variety of holly and that is the South American one, Matì, which has little thorny leaves from which, once dried and toasted, an excellent exciting infusion is obtained.
Holly: The holly tradition
Holly is one of the symbols of Christmas thanks to its purely Christmas colors it is used as a precious lucky charm. In ancient times it was considered a symbol of good luck, it was inserted into women's hair during sacrificial rites, hung outside the door to honor the spirits of the forest and in the Nordic countries it was used as a gift to your loved one.