December 12, 2011: The Holly and The Ivy

~ by Mary Galvano

One of my favorite Christmas carols is ‘The Holly and The Ivy’. It is not very often that we get to hear this beautiful song played on the radio around Christmas time. Cecil Sharp first published the version of ‘The Holly and The Ivy’ that we are most familiar with today, but the song could date back over 1000 years. It is very unusual for a carol like this to have survived over the years especially during the stern protestant period of the 16th and 17th century.

It is amazing how this simple subject of nature can have such significant meaning. The carol tells the story of the life and suffering of Jesus Christ through the life of a holly tree as you will see and hear through the music video that is shared. The next time you are around nature try to see beyond the creation into another meaning that could relate to our faith.

The musical arrangement that I am sharing of The Holly and The Ivy is a beautifully unique arrangement by Loreena McKennitt. Enjoy!

Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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