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Decking the Halls: The Folklore and Traditions of Christmas Plants [Hardcover]

By Linda Allen (Author)
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With so many customs and traditions during the Christmas season, we often do not pause to wonder and ponder about how and why they began. Of all the seasonal celebrations of the year, Christmas has more traditional plants with their accompanying legends and symbolism than any other season. Holly, ivy, mistletoe, the poinsettia, rosemary, the Yule log, and the most popular and recognized of all--the Christmas tree--each has its own fascinating legend and history. Drawing from Christian practices, along with ancient Druid, Celtic, Norse and Roman beliefs, Decking the Halls explores the history of our popular Christmas plants and flowers during this most holy season.

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Studio: Willow Creek Press
Pages   95
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 2000
Publisher   Willow Creek Press
ISBN  1572233834  
ISBN13  9781572233836  
UPC  709786003402  

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More About Linda Allen

Linda E Allen Linda Allen's curiosity about Christmas traditions led to her books, Decking the Halls -The Folklore and Traditions of Christmas Plants and Menagerie at the Manger. Both have received acclaim as gift books and resources for Christmas programs and services. Decking the Halls was a finalist for the 2001 Benjamin Franklin Award for History, and Menagerie at the Manger was the 2007 Book of the Season for the Book Bank Foundation. Allen annually present Nature's Christmas, a program based on stories from both books to church groups, schools, libraries, garden and book clubs.

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1Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > Flowers > General
2Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Gardening & Horticulture > General
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > General
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Holidays > Christmas > General
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Holidays > Christmas
6Books > Subjects > Science > Biological Sciences > Plants > General

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Provides a fine reflection on folklore and traditions  Jan 12, 2001
Decking the Halls provides a fine reflection on the folklore and traditions of Christmas plants, considering the legends and symbolism which surrounds them and the seasonal customs which have accompanied popular Christmas blooming plants. Decking the Halls could have been featured in our gardening column, but is recommended here for its historical and social reflection, crossing different cultures in its analysis of plant meaning.
Decking the Halls: The Folklore and Traditions of Christmas  Nov 3, 2000
I feel that Mrs. Allen has captured the essisance and eligance that is Christmas. Through her time and effort, and excellent book has been produced that should survive for generations to come. Through the information found in this wonderful publication, readers will find a deeper meaning to the plants and traditions associated with the season. Good Reading to All.
A great addition to the Christmas season  Nov 1, 2000
Decking the Hall successfully takes on the most important task of enlightening us about the plants mankind has chosen to celebrate his favorite holiday of Christmas.

Did you know that the color green symbolizes eternal life or that many of our Christmas traditions involving plants come from the Ancient cultures of Druids, Celt, Norse, and Roman? The first chapter tells the basics of the Christmas plants heritage and where our traditions first started. In the second chapter, we learn the history at the mistletoe and how it became Oklahoma's state flower. In the next chapter, the story of the Christmas tree, how it was used in ancient traditions. The fourth chapter explains the circle of life, or as we know it, the wreath and what it symbolizes. The next two chapters tell us about the European tradition of the Yule log and the holy holly. I found it interesting that again the Christian church condemned a plant because it was used in pagan rituals, only to later lift the ban. This little package with a big story to tell also mentions the poinsettia and it's heritage from Mexico, the rosemary and how it was used in the middle ages, the Christmas Rose, which isn't really a rose at all, cinnamon, which was native to India, Peppermint, the universal symbol of Christmas, and of course the cranberry and it's functional history.

What a delightful read! I came away filled with the knowledge of ancient cultures, history, and beliefs that surround the plants I put out every Christmas. Some of the Information Linda Allen provides I am aware of, but the largest percentage I was not. I will not only look at this season's plant differently, I will also share their stories with those who will listen and tell them where I learned it all.


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